Bangkok to get SE Asia’s tallest observation tower

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Tower to be a turning point for tourism along the riverside
The banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River will soon be adorned with a new attraction – the sixth tallest observation tower in the world and the tallest in Southeast Asia.
Scheduled to open in 2019, the Bangkok Observation Tower will be a turning point for tourism along the riverside and the rest of Bangkok, tourism stakeholders say.
At a cost of US$138 million, part-funded by more than 50 private sector companies and individuals, it will have a candle-like design inspired by the tradition of lighting candles on the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
“The tower is the most important new addition to Bangkok’s array of tourism magnets and one that will attract people from around the world,” said Ittirith Kinglake, president of the Tourism Council of Thailand.
Citing parallels with the Tokyo Skytree and Shanghai’s Canton Tower, Itthirith expects the tower will serve as a powerful tourism driver for Bangkok.
Parinya Ruckwatin, chairman of the Chao Phraya River Tourism Association, agrees.
“I am confident that with the arrival of the tower, businesses stretching for 10km along the length of the river will benefit, including boat operators, restaurants, hotels, retailers and convention organisers. We can also expect improvements at more than 10 piers along the river to make them safer and easier to use. It’s a true historic turning point for this part of the river.”
TTG Asia