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To many sentimentalists, its just an old building that was used by a privileged few from a long ago imperial age.

 

Would cost millions to turn into a hotel, but now could end up employing thousands of Thai's in the modern city that Bangkok now is

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6 minutes ago, bartender100 said:

To many sentimentalists, its just an old building that was used by a privileged few from a long ago imperial age.

 

Would cost millions to turn into a hotel, but now could end up employing thousands of Thai's in the modern city that Bangkok now is

Perhaps - but in a country where 'face' and prestige is so important, having a Wireless Road address and a historic building with grounds in the most expensive part of the city helped to bolster the flagging influence of Britain.

 

An office in an anonymous commercial building is not the same thing at all.

 

What would your Thai colleagues think if you had to move out of your penthouse condo in The Park, Chidlom and into a studio flat in Bearing because you couldn't afford the rent?

 

And remember - Thais never sell land unless they are in desperate trouble.

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5 hours ago, Aforek said:

I am not British, I spoke of historic monuments or buildings in general, which have a past, like the Buddhas of Bamyan in Afghanistan who  were destroyed by the Talibans 

I think we are a few magnitudes or order different there my friend. Nice as the old building was. 

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12 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.

 

 

 

Terrible to see years of history wrecked in such a way.

  I suppose money matters 

 

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This building should have been preserved for Bangkok's heritage. But tell that to a military mentality.

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10 hours ago, friend of siam said:

well the british goes down now visible...the old monuments of colonial charme that they cannot or dont want effort anymore..once a colonial power ( it was easy with all the robbed indian gold and all that industrial scale drugsmoney from opium trade )..nowadays they have to do real work...it aint so easy to play big anymore...the chinese now are the new masters in asia and soon worldwide....the only asset gb have are the city of london gambler boys...with brexit they will shift to frankfurt ...

maybe you follow argentinia...or venezuela....the pound does it already...other powers tell u what to do and you kneel down and behave..but good news boris is around to help ...

Damned good job that the Raffles is in Singapore rather than Bangkok or it would have gone by now.

 

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10 hours ago, Assurancetourix said:

 

If one day the city of Paris decides to sell the Tour Eiffel to a wealthy Thai businessman, do you think he will destroy it to build a shopping center? :crazy:


what has just happened at the former British Embassy in Bangkok is certainly unfortunate, but fortunately there is still a lot of European construction in Thailand, especially from France; these are mostly restored and very well maintained.

No doubt it has made someone within the Thai government quite rich. Thats how it is in Thailand.

 

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8 hours ago, Kinnock said:

Trendy Building entrance - Familymart store, next to the dairy chiller.

Use the microwave to heat frozen beef and eat from the aluminium container using plastic cutlery and paper napkins?

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on the one hand, its fitting it goes down with the british nation,

on the other hand, it could have served as an old papyrus

of things that were

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9 hours ago, Kinnock said:

And remember - Thais never sell land unless they are in desperate trouble.

Those who like me walk a lot in Thailand;
easier for me than for many of you, I've been living here for 15 years;
about 15,000 km a year by MTBike and a little more with the truck ..
There are thousands of plots for sale;
most have prices not shown because the seller wants too much so they can not sell
(Ditto with used vehicles whose owners want almost the price of the new !!)

It is a beginning of panic that shakes Thailand;
80% of households that have the opportunity to borrow from banks, which excludes a very significant number of Thai: farmers, small artisans, small traders who must fall back on "loan shark = (the bankrupt assured with rates at 10% per month !!!) "..
I see him with one of my daughters who is a doctor and a civil servant; I had never seen so many credit cards in one wallet ...
Error, in the movie The Man with the Golden Gun which is also shooting in Thailand ... in the hands of sheriff Pepper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6YGfvld9Y8

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Another empty overpriced shopping mall in the making .......... that "Embassy place" is a graveyard ever since it opened! 

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well reading the comments the British Embassy staff used to get on the services  provided 

I would have thought not to many people cared about the building

on exiting the European Union our influence in the world  is diminishing 

probably the only people who care are the ones living in the past 

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