Located next to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center and linked to the lake and grounds of the original Benjakitti Park, this magnificent addition to the city’s ‘green heart’ extends over an area of 259 rai that was once the site of a massive tobacco manufacturing facility.
Costing 652 million baht to build, the forest park project is a joint enterprise involving the Finance Ministry Treasury Department, the Royal Thai Army, and the Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts, which is responsible for its design.
An unusual feature of the project is a crucible-style open theatre area for outdoor events and concerts. And for those who like to have a bird’s eye of the park, there is a series of skywalks criss-crossing the central area.
The forest, which includes both existing and newly planted trees, will provide a new ecosystem to support a biological community while its meadows will act a sponge to soak up excessive water during the rainy season.
Because of recent storms, the grass has flourished in many places and needs a crop. Oddly, few people are currently taking advantage of the park’s partial opening. No doubt that will change during the upcoming dry season.