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POOLSIDE, Siam Intercontinental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Siam Intercontinental Hotel

 

Designed by an American architect who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright, and built in the 1960's on 26 acres of the Sra Paduma Palace gardens, the Siam Intercontinental Hotel was a well-know Thai landmark. When the hotel's 30-year lease expired, it was torn down to make way for the Siam Paragon shopping center. The 26-acre gardens have been reduced to a few acres.

 

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The Siam Intercontinental Bangkok sent us some official info on the history of the hotel:

 

The Siam Intercontinental Bangkok stands on 26 acres of prime property in the heart of Bangkok, belonging to the Royal Family.

 

During the fourth reign (1851-1868) of the present Dynasty, King Mongkut ordered the construction of a small palace for royal recreation which was built in this area and named by His Majesty as "Pathumwan palace" meaning lotus palace.

 

The property was inherited by Prince Mahidol of Songkhla, father of the present King, who had Sra Pathum Palace (Lotus Pond Palace) built.

 

Of the Royal Estate's 43 acres, Sra Pathum Palace is located on 17 acres with the remaining 26 acres leased to Intercontinental Hotels.

 

One side of the Palace shares the same wall with the hotel and the hotel (shares a wall with) Wat Padum Vanaram, a temple built over 100 years ago.

 

On December 11, 1964 at exactly 10:00am (the hour designated by the Royal Astrologer as being auspicious), Her Royal Highness the Late Princess Mother unveiled the foundation stone of the hotel. At that time, the Siam Intercontinental was one of the first international hotels in Bangkok.

 

Excerpt from 2Bangkok.com

 

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In July 2002 the 1960s-era Siam Intercontinental Hotel, at the time one of the most architecturally unique and beautiful hotels in Bangkok, surrounded by 26 acres of gardens, was demolished to make way for the construction of the Siam Paragon, a large high end shopping mall resembling a large concrete and glass box.

 

Like the Siam Intercontinental, much of Bangkok's interesting and historic architecture and character is being swept away to clear the way for the construction of modern and soul-less shopping malls, condominiums, and office towers. By law, any building more than 100 years old is protected, but a large part of Bangkok's most interesting history occured much more recently than that. This site is an effort to document and preserve some of Bangkok's recent history.

 

Except from oldbangkok.com

 

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Taken in November 2010