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Demolishing the historic British Embassy to make way for a shopping center

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26 minutes ago, Saltire said:
51 minutes ago, Just Weird said:

Presumably they'll let you know when you make your appointment.

I have one for next week hence my question. Email has old address so I assume they still have at least one room operational.

Hence my comment, they did give you the address.

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12 minutes ago, wombat said:

and the pound keeps falling

What the relevance of that, in this context, to the Foreign Office?

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12 minutes ago, sanemax said:

I just said that it would have been nicer had they preserved the building , maybe the Thai Government should have bought it or maybe the UK should have given the land back for free , on the condition that the building remains and the green area is turned into a public park 

"...maybe the Thai Government should have bought it or maybe the UK should have given the land back for free...".

What?  It's value was £420,000,000!

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19 minutes ago, sanemax said:

The UK leased Hong Kong from China for 150 years and that lease expired in 1998

Actually it was only the New Territories and the outlying islands that were leased, under the Nangking Treaty China ceded Hong Kong Island to the British in perpetuity, and also the Kowloon peninsula a few years later. So in theory the UK “could” have kept a lot of Hong Kong but it would not have been practical.

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Well - at least something good came out of the demise of the embassy - which is sad.

A farewell dinner was organised and raised 220,000 baht for various charities.

 

its a shame 

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2 hours ago, JamesBlond said:

Would have made a nice museum in parkland. Museum of what hardly matters (Thailand natural history?), but parkland in a city centre does.

No one is going to pay all that money for a park or small hotel.

 

Once the decision to sell the site, it was inevitable that it would be torn down.

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40 minutes ago, sungod said:

Yep, the actual 'Embassy is there until the new one opens up in Sathorn

maybe the receice a free office 10 sqm in the new shopping centre...the sign say 3 rd floor behind the ladys toilets

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Thailand is no longer important to the British. And the British are no longer important to Thailand.

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12 minutes ago, Just Weird said:

What the relevance of that, in this context, to the Foreign Office?

Exchange rate actually quite relevant - had they have held on till now to sell it they would have trousered another 40 million quid or so. 

 

Embassy, as an Embassy, was a waste of space anyway as the services to common or garden expats were gradually withdrawn over the last decade or so and became totally irrelevant. If the powers that be's goal is to turn Bangkok into a faceless concrete jungle they're doing a pretty good job.  Money talks.  

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2 hours ago, Vacuum said:

And same/identical stuff are sold in all of them.

Can't have the Chinese tourists all in one shopping mall can you?

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4 minutes ago, zydeco said:


Thailand is no longer important to the British. And the British are no longer important to Thailand.

Harsh but fair.

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As the land was originally paid for by British taxpayers, I assume the millions the Foreign Office received for the land will be returned to British taxpayers in the form of a cash rebate?

 

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