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Thailand's biggest shopping mall set to open in Bangkok

Siam Piwat's $1.6bn project heralds new magnet for consumers

MARIMI KISHIMOTO, Nikkei staff writer

 

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BANGKOK -- Thai shopping mall developer Siam Piwat opens the country's largest commercial complex on Nov. 9 in Bangkok, a $1.6 billion project dubbed Iconsiam that also boasts high-rise condominiums.

 

Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group and group real estate developer Magnolia Quality Development also are involved in the project.

 

The commercial and entertainment hub will include a department store operated by Japan's Takashimaya serving as the core tenant. The total floor space of about 520,000 sq. meters surpasses even retail giant Central Group's CentralWorld mall in the Thai capital.

 

Full story: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Thailand-s-biggest-shopping-mall-set-to-open-in-Bangkok

 

-- NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW 2018-10-05

 

 

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Not particularly easy to get to, no direct entrance from any of the metro train line stations, maybe from the River Express Boat.

I hate to see the riverfront turn into yet another upscale retail/condo corridor.

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No one who lives on the other side of the Chao Praya is going to go there and tourists won't bother. There's no BTS or MRT anywhere near there and you'd have to be out of your mind to drive there. So the only people who might go are the ones that live that side and they won't be doing their shopping at the high end shops as they can't afford them. Of course you could cross by the river but why bother. Bangkok is sinking and they allow this right on the riverside. The weight of all the tall buildings in Bangkok is increasing daily and the government are still allowing buildings like this to go up. Shame on them but  they'll rue the day not so far in the future!

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On 10/6/2018 at 5:55 PM, leggo said:

No one who lives on the other side of the Chao Praya is going to go there and tourists won't bother. There's no BTS or MRT anywhere near there and you'd have to be out of your mind to drive there. So the only people who might go are the ones that live that side and they won't be doing their shopping at the high end shops as they can't afford them. Of course you could cross by the river but why bother. Bangkok is sinking and they allow this right on the riverside. The weight of all the tall buildings in Bangkok is increasing daily and the government are still allowing buildings like this to go up. Shame on them but  they'll rue the day not so far in the future!

That's what I love about all of us TV readers, we never genralise! Maybe you should take a drive out west and see how some of us "poos peasants" live.

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On 10/6/2018 at 2:08 PM, thaichiro said:

Yes, what Bangkok really needs, another mega shopping experience.

So you can forget the ugly city , and all the dirty sois , all the trash .

 

This is not SIngapore but we can pretend it is inside a mall . 

 

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And another monstrosity is born... A few hundred more and Thailand will be complete. I can feel the "eternal prosperity" already. Next we can destroy the remaining green space, and pollute what little clean air is left, with the power plants required to cool these gigantic ovens. Nothing more than d1ck size contests between the uber rich Thais.

 

The efficiency of the traditional Thai market is near impossible to beat. But hey Thailand, keep barreling along into the "future", and you can join the ranks of us Americans who have already destroyed our culture with this garbage.

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On 10/6/2018 at 2:55 PM, leggo said:

No one who lives on the other side of the Chao Praya is going to go there

I will. Wonder how the food court will be. For me, one way would be take the BTS to Thonburi Station and take the bus, walk or a taxi (its only about 1.5 Klicks) thereafter.  For you guys on the other side,  go to Saphan Thaksin and take the boat to Si Phaya Pier, I hear they are goint to run ferrys from there, or even from Oriental there is a ferry to Wat Suwan, just a short walk thereafter.

 

Nothing wrong with a bit of a walk eh? Don't think they will forget about ferries do you?

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On 10/6/2018 at 3:55 AM, leggo said:

Bangkok is sinking and they allow this right on the riverside. The weight of all the tall buildings in Bangkok is increasing daily

Everybody is missing the point.  As noted above, Bangkok is slowly submerging due to the extra tonnage being added to the cityscape.  By building such high establishments, the people who use them and/or live there will be able to stay head and shoulders above the waterborne waste materials.  That way they will not have to associate with the great unwashed who will not visit nor be able to live at such great heights.  It is just another way to separate the sectors of those with and those without.

 

'nuf sed

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