Khlong Ong Ang Begins Life After Saphan Lek (Photos)

BANGKOK — Khlong Ong Ang’s waters will be ready for the Loy Krathong festival following the 28-day demolition of the historic Saphan Lek market, city hall announced today.

A top city official said the demolition, which began Oct. 20, is now finished and the city will begin rebuilding pathways along the canal to improve the neighborhood’s walkability.

Work crews are currently clearing the canal, said police Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, with the work scheduled to finish by Friday.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said it would oversee ongoing efforts to improve the landscape of the historic area, and may target more property for removal if it is deemed to encroach on public land.

The city also encouraged structures along the canal opening to the street to consider opening on the canal side, as it will be improved into a public recreation space, while it considers wastewater improvements to make the water cleaner.

 

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