Officials debate Bangkok’s Sanam Luang public park

Thai officers are debating how much entry the public ought to have to Sanam Luang, the historic public sq. in entrance of Bangkok’s Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. After a governor candidate working beneath the Move Forward Party advocated eradicating fences around Sanam Luang, another official has defended maintaining them and restricting entry to the ‘public’ park.
The park has a long history, with its auspicious location and position within the lifetime of Thailand’s royal household and ceremonies, in addition to a location for protests and the low point, the ‘Thammasat University Massacre’ in 1976 (more about that later).
The Move Forward candidate, Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, visited Sanam Luang on Thursday as a half of a campaign to “reclaim Sanam Luang”. Wiroj says the square should turn into one other green space accessible to locals. He added that there’s already CCTV at Sanam Luang deterring individuals from committing crimes, and subsequently fences aren’t necessary.
Wasant Boonmuenwai, director of Phra Nakhon district, hit back, arguing that Sanam Luang ought to keep the fences. Wasant said that whereas Sanam Luang is open for guests most days, it’s also a historic site that serves as a venue on special occasions. These events include the Royal Ploughing Ceremony, and Father’s Day. He mentioned since Sanam Luang is near the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, City Hall has issued a selected set of laws for its use and upkeep.
Extra is open to the general public from 5am till 10pm. Walking and running are the one activities allowed. Other actions are presently not permitted as a outcome of Covid-19 pandemic”.
In addition to the public square, Sanam Luang also has a grass field. Many Thais take pleasure in flying kites in the course of the country’s kite-flying season from February to April.
Sanam Luang and the adjacent Thammasat University had been also the scene of the 1976 ‘Thammarat Massacre’ the place authorities and police cracked down on ‘leftist’ protesters. Official reviews record that forty six people have been killed and 167 were wounded, while unofficial stories claim that greater than one hundred demonstrators were killed..

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