The Mass Rapid Transportation Authority (MRTA) operator of Bangkok’s MRT, in August’19 launched the extension of the MRT Chaloem Ratchamongkhon Blue line.
This extension of service, now links Hua Lamphong to Tha Phra; with another extension (Tha Phra to Lak Song) due for operation in Sep’19. These extensions are a proactive response to Bangkok’s expansion and will connect neighborhoods previously underserved by Mass Transit Lines.
The latest Hua Lamphong to Tha Phra extension, officially unveiled 4 MRT Stations notably Wat Mangkon, Sam Yot, Sanam Chai and Itsaraphap. The MRTA proudly announced that these stations are the most elaborately designed and most beautiful stations of the MRT Line!
These stations pay homage to their historical locality and are designed to highlight Thai history, culture and aesthetics!
Here is a look at these Thai inspired and superbly designed MRT Stations:
1. MRT Wat Mangkon
Located in Chinatown, also known as “Yaowarat”, the station is intricately designed to highlight the Sino-Thai influence of the neighborhood.
2. MRT Sam Yot
While the train platforms of MRT Sam Yot look quite conventional, this station is housed in a beautiful colonial-style building; reminiscent of old Thai government buildings in Bangkok’s old town!
3. MRT Sanam Chai
Another stunningly designed station, Sanam Chai was designed by Dr. Pinyo Suwankiri that conceptualized the MRT’s interiors.
It offers a superb blend of Thai traditional aesthetics and neo-classical European architecture and is inspired by the Rattanakosin-era architecture and design!
4. MRT Itsaraphap Station
Last but not least, MRT Itsaraphap offers a swan themed design; a symbolical homage to Wat Hong Rattanaram Ratchaworawihan, located in close proximity to the station.