Benjakitti Park

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Benjakitti Park
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Benchakitti Park, Bangkok
Type Urban Park
Location Ratchadapisek Road (between Rama IV Road and Sukhumvit Road), Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand
Coordinates 13°43′45.84″N 100°33′30.96″E / 13.7294000°N 100.5586000°E / 13.7294000; 100.5586000
Area 52 acres (21 ha)
Created 9 December 2004 (2004-12-09)
Operated by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
Status Open from 4.30 a.m. to 21.00 p.m.

Benjakitti Park[1] (Thai: สวนเบญจกิติ, RTGSBenchakitti) is a park in the Khlong Toei District of central Bankgkok; situated next to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. It is close to Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre MRT Station, Sukhumvit MRT Station and Asok BTS Station.

Benjakitti Park was developed from Tobacco pond area 200x800 meters, built by digging and reclamation. This park was part of the project replacement area from resolutions in government of Mr. Anand Panyarachun.

Name “Benjakitti” was given by Queen Sirikit during the opening. Benjakitti Park has a landmark symbol called “Pathumthani” near the pond.[2]

It was opened in 2004 (on land formally owned by the Tobacco Monopoly) to honour the 72nd birthday of Queen Sirikit.[3]

Between 1 to 9 December 2004, this park was used for performing theater and a spectacular technique to commemorate His Majesty the King "The Phra Mahathat The Phenomenal Life Show" by the stage in the middle of the pond over 100 meters which is the longest water stage in the country.[4]

After that, the Tobacco Monopoly gave 61 rai(97,600 meters) more to build Benjakitti forest park to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Sirikit Queen's 7th Birthday Anniversary in 2006, which makes Benjakitti park became the first park in Bangkok which has forest park.[5]

It includes a central boating lake, an outdoor exercise area, a cycling track[6] and a path that is used by walkers and joggers;[7] bicycles and boats can be hired in the park.[8]

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Coordinates: 13°43′46″N 100°33′31″E / 13.7294°N 100.5586°E / 13.7294; 100.5586