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As recent events have shown, having had no qualms about selling the people of Hong Kong to the Chinese, the British government is hardly going to care about what happens to some bricks and mortar.

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16 minutes ago, RJRS1301 said:

Which country

UK cannot even control itself and never was a official colonial suppressor of the Thai

Answer is with you. These diplomats must be impotent for the job at that time for TH

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3 minutes ago, ballpoint said:

As recent events have shown, having had no qualms about selling the people of Hong Kong to the Chinese, the British government is hardly going to care about what happens to some bricks and mortar.

I thought the British Government leased Hong Kong from the Chinese and therefore never owned it let alone owning the people of Hong Kong then selling them to the Chinese,that would be human trafficking.

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14 minutes ago, 30la said:

It seems that you still don't have enough mall centers, who do you think has the money to spend on these super and countless shops?

The Chinese and Indian tourists?
 

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33 minutes ago, Dogmatix said:

They sold the land of the original embassy on the river, which was the centre of Bangkok then, to the Siamese government as the King wished to build his new General Post Office there. The proceeds would have been more than enough to buy the land on Ploenchit from Nai Lert which was only rice fields out in the sticks at the time.  Probably a bridging loan was arranged by Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. Presumably the original money to buy the land on the river from the King I think was British taxpayers money.  Not sure how things worked then. With colonies in India, Burma, Singapore and Malaya possibly funds were transferred from one of the colonies. 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embassy_of_the_United_Kingdom,_Bangkok

 

Seems the original land, by the river, was gifted to the Brits by King Mongkut, sometime after 1856. Then sold around 1922 for £110,000 which was then used to acquire the Wireless Road land and construct the original Embassy buildings. Overall, a nice little earner for the Brits, especially given that it all stemmed from a gift. Money grabbing comes to mind.......

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12 minutes ago, Thaifriends said:

Answer is with you. These diplomats must be impotent for the job at that time for TH

I was asking to which country you were referring 

Ambassadors do their jobs irrespective of the building in which they are housed, and represent their respective government to the host country

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6 hours ago, Aforek said:

Always sad to see historic buildings demolished

they are often beautiful and have a history ( our history ! ) 

It has happened in Sydney over the years beautiful old buildings demolished, where the Regent Theatre used to stand is now a McDonald’s.

Many of the old laneways between streets, that gave the city character sold off to developers.

If it had happened in Paris they would have been blockading the city.

 

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1 minute ago, justin case said:

thailand, the country with not enough shopping centers...

Well, Napoleon once said that England was a nation of shopkeepers. Maybe Thailand is attempting to emulate England (United Kingdom) ?

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44 minutes ago, FarFlungFalang said:

I thought the British Government leased Hong Kong from the Chinese and therefore never owned it let alone owning the people of Hong Kong then selling them to the Chinese,that would be human trafficking.

You are correct the UK did lease Hong Kong, the Chinese decided that the lease would not be renewed and it was agreed in 1984 that the Colony would revert to China in 1997.

China in the transfer agreed to uphold the values enjoyed by the people of Hong Kong for 50 years.

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6 hours ago, watcharacters said:

 

Turning the building into a  small hotel would have been a much better option.

 

Hate to see history just torn down to make room for bland concrete.

 

 

 

I totally agree, its sad to see it go.  I'm sure that the ambassador's residence would have made a nice restaurant, as they did with the old Russian Embassy on Sathorn Road which is now owned and run by the W Hotel next door.

Old-Russian-Embassy.jpg

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5 hours ago, gregchambers said:

The new PM, Boris Johnson, probably won't be amused as he is a good friend of former PM Abhisit and was probably planning to lounge around in the embassy... but you can imagine Madame May being keen on dumbing down the presence in Bangkok.

 

FYI.....  It may surprise you to learn that it was in fact the Right Honourable Horrible Boris Johnson, who in his position as Foreign Secretary, agreed to the sale of the British Embassy in Bangkok.

 

At the time of the announcement of the sale Boris' stated that the money raised from the sale would be used to renovate other embassies around the world.  The projects which he mentioned included new electrical wiring in the Paris Embassy, refurbishment of the Cairo and New Dehli Embassies. 

 

Boris also stated that the sale price of the Embassy represented more than a third of the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices annual core budget.

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