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July 4, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Bangkok is planning to build an enormous observation tower, almost half a kilometre tall, to become Thailand’s tallest structure and establish itself as a new tourism landmark.

Thailand’s government has approved plans to build the 459-metre-tall tower at an estimated cost of THB 4.6 billion (AUD 176 million). It will become South East Asia’s second-tallest building, after Malaysia’s Petronas Towers.

The timetable for constructing the new Bangkok tower has not been finalised, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.

The China Post quoted Sansern as saying Thailand’s new tourism landmark would have no commercial purpose – neither shops nor offices. It would be solely for tourism and profits derived from entry fees would be donated to charity.

Unofficial artist’s impression of the stupendous Bangkok Observation Tower

The entry fee will be THB 750 (about AUD 29) for international visitors and half that for Thai citizens, Sansern said.

The structure will be built near the bank of the Chao Phraya River and will feature galleries showcasing social development projects initiated by Thailand’s late king Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last October.

Written by Peter Needham

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