The Old Customs House

 

I thought that I had visited the Old Customs House previously but then I read about the building and didn't realise that the big building is actually around the corner.  



I read on the Internet that some people were not granted access to the building - well it is condemned and would be dangerous - much like the Guest Tower nearby.



There is a small coffee shop around the corner.



It would be a shame for them to demolish such a lovely building though and designed by an Italian architect (Joachim Grassi) in the 1800's. In 2016 the occupants of the building was the staff of the Bang Rak Fire Station have they have since been asked to leave. The Natural Consortium purchased the land in 2005 and intend to develop this area - as an Aman Resorts and Hotel - so let's see how much longer this takes... 

 

Then this has recently been changed - the Treasury Department have revoked this license and the building must be kept... watch this space.



BUT the security might not allow you to use your camera - I wasn't - so I stuck with the iPhone and took some more from the Chao Phraya River Express. Another way to see it is to watch In the Mood for Love - a Hong Kong movie.


Previous Visit
 1) May 2017 

TripAdvisor: Old Customs House 




Hua Lamphong Railway Station




I had to pass this Hua Lamphong Railway Station when I was attempting one of the TAT Walking Routes in Bangkok - on the way to ChinaTown. It was certainly an impressive building - which was designed (amongst other buildings in Bangkok) by an Italian in Design. 



Quite an interesting to visit - or take a trip somewhere?


Do all railway stations in Thailand have a Dunkin' Donut's and a Black Canyon?

BUT I read on Wikipedia that in it is scheduled to be closed in 2019 to become a museum?


So be quick if you want to visit somewhere special.

 



Wat Traimitr Withayaram

 

Wat Traimitr Withayaram is a place that I popped into when I tried the first Bangkok Walk in China Town.


It was somewhere that I walked past and it was soooo busy - there were coaches on the outside and the queues were very long. 


Note they were also charging for you to enter - but I was busy today, maybe another day?




Wat Bampen



 Wat Bampen Chine Prote is somewhere that I found when I was on the Yaowarat Road Walk


But as I was on the walk I did not take a long time - but I am going again because of this website - http://trawellthailand.com/th/bampen-chine-prote-temple/ - there was so much more to see.


It was certainly a beautiful place to visit. I always get a shock when seeing these symbols inside the Wat and confusing it with the Swastika.



Wat Bampen is a small temple in the heart of ChinaTown - but you may walk past the small entrance.