Bangkok Railway Station was the primary
source of transport for the local people as well as tourists before the advent
of low cost airlines. It was the primary transit point for millions of
travelers exploring Thailand each year.
The station first opened to the public on
25th June, 1916 and this year the station celebrated its 100th anniversary. It
is unofficially known as the Hua Lamphong station. The station is the main
terminal to Northern, Eastern, Northeastern and Southern Thailand.
State Railway of Thailand staff told the
media that about 200 trains carrying more than 27,000 travelers roll through
each day from the station.
The historic station was designed by
Italian architect Mario Tamagno. The station features neo-classical
architecture. It connects with the MRT Underground system and features a
distinct half-dome structure. Its appearance and interior layout have been
compared with the Frankfurt Train Station, which also features the half dome
façade, a giant clock on the front gable and open-air passenger galleries.
The fabled Orient Express still passes
through a few times a month as well.
Those who want to experience Hua Lamphong’s
gritty charm have to hurry up because the State Railway of Thailand is planning
to move operations to a new station further north. The new station is supposed
to be set up in the city’s Bang Sue district.
According to local media reports, the Hua
Lamphong station will be turned into a railway museum and the new station will
open in 2019.