Friday, 24 July 2009

Industrial Ring Road Bridge

The Industrial Ring Road Bridge is part of the 13 km long Industrial Ring Road connecting southern Bangkok with Samut Prakan Province. The Industrial Ring Road Bridge crosses the Chao Phraya River twice, with two striking cable-stayed spans of lengths of 702 m and 582 m supported by two diamond-shaped pylons 173 m and 164 m high. Where the two spans meet, another road rises to join them at a free-flowing interchange suspended 50 metres above the ground. The Industrial Ring Road Bridge over the Chao Phraya in Bangkok are named after a member of the Royal Family; in this case, it has been planned that the be named after Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, fifth son of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, although as of 2009 the naming has not been made official. The unofficial name "Mega Bridge" was also widely used.

Between the two bridges an elevated central interchange connects the main North-South route with the western approach. The three approaches are designed as continuous concrete box girders with spans varying between 64m for the high level viaducts to 36m for the will consist of eight miles of roadway and two, 560-foot-high, cable-stayed bridges. The road and its so-called Mega Bridges will span the Chao Phraya River twice without touching down in between because of the meandering flow of the river on its way to the Gulf of Thailand. Further, in between the two bridges, a 165-foot-high intersection will be constructed for motorists traveling north, eliminating the need to cross the second bridge; the narrow strip of land between parts of the river makes it impossible to construct a surface-level intersection.
Marvel of of The Industrial Ring Road Bridge is The Mega Bridge in Bangkok Thailand then Thailand Post has chosen The Industrial Ring Road Bridge to set in the Amazing Thailand Postage Stamps

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Friday, 10 July 2009

Wat Suthat Thepwararam :The Giant Swing

Wat Suthat Thepwararam is a royal temple of the first grade. It was King Rama I's intention to make Bangkok as glorious as Ayutthaya had been, so built a temple as large as Wat Phanan Choeng in the Old Capital to install a large image of the Buddha named Phra Sri Sakyamuni which had been brought down from the grand Wihan of Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai. When he had finished the foundation of the grand Wihan and placed the Buddha image in its proper place, he passed away. King Rama II went on with the building by continuing with the Wihan. He himself worked on the carving of the central door panels but he passed away before the temple was completed. During the reign of King Rama III the Wihan was finished and he added many more buildings all over the temple compound. He gave the name to the Buddha image in the grand Wihan, of Phra Sri Sakyamuni and the one in the Ordination Hall, of Phra Trilokachet and the name of the temple as Wat Suthat Thepwararam. Renovation took place in the reign of King Rama V. This temple is highly admired for its entire plan.
The Giant Swing and environs in the older part of Bangkok. The Swing Ceremony, entirely Brahmanical in origin, was last performed in 1935. Behind the swing stands Wat Suthat, an excellent example of Bangkok period architecture, the construction of which was initiated during the First Reign and completed in the Third Reign.
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