Giving old buildings a second life

Bassac sea link canal, study on North Mindanao rail project, Penang airport expansion, Muse-Kyaukphyu railway update, and the new Pattaya train station previewed.

Greetings from Bangkok. I was wandering around the riverfront area near Charoenkrung Road and I happened upon a warehouse that has been converted into an art space. This is what is known as adaptive reuse.

It turns out that there are some good examples of this in Bangkok, even if the city is not known for its sentimentality of old buildings. I’ve started a list of these reused old buildings, which is the topic of this week’s article.

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