Siam Paragon The Pride of Bangkok

Siam Paragon is a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. It is one of the biggest shopping centers in Asia. Opened on December 9, 2005, it includes a wide range of specialty stores and restaurants as well as a multiplex movie theater (consisted of 15 large size theaters with one of them having the biggest screen and seating capacity in Asia) and the Siam Ocean World (Underwater world) aquarium (the largest aquarium in South East Asia) and an exhibition hall and the Thai Art Gallery and also an opera concert hall. It also has a large bowling alley and karaoke center  It is a joint venture by Siam Piwat, the company that owns the adjacent Siam Center/Siam Discovery shopping malls, and The Mall Group, which also owns The Emporium. Siam Paragon has attracted large crowds since it opened, but financial results aren’t reported by the privately held Siam Paragon Development.

History

Siam Paragon was built on the former location of the Siam Intercontinental Hotel, which was demolished in 2002 at the end of its lease. The site, leased for 30 years, is Bureau of the Crown Property land and at one time was the royal parkland of the Srapatum Palace. During the mall’s construction, waiting passengers on the Bangkok Skytrain’s Siam station platform could watch the building take shape.

When the mall opened on December 9, 2005, workers were still putting on finishing touches. During the first few months of its opening, there were signs of a hurried finish throughout the building, with unpainted ceilings and cracked floor tiles.

It was built at a cost of about 15 billion baht or 450 million US$ and covers an area of 52 rai (8.3 ha, 21 acres).

Location

Siam Paragon is on Rama I Road in Pathum Wan district, and is adjacent to other shopping areas. It is next door to Siam Center and Siam Discovery Center and opposite Siam Square. MBK Center is also nearby. An elevated walkway beneath the BTS Skytrain tracks links Siam Paragon to the Ratchaprasong intersection, where CentralWorld, Gaysorn and several other shopping malls and hotels are located.

Transportation

- BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit and Silom Lines – Siam station has a skybridge linked to Siam Paragon’s M floor.
- Parking – 100,000 square metres, accommodating 4,000 cars.

Facilities

Siam Paragon is situated on 13 acres (32 rai) and has a total gross area of 300,000 square metres.

  

 

Siam Ocean World

Inside Siam Paragon is Siam Ocean World, the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia which features marine animals including penguins, gray nurse sharks, rays, giant spider crabs, and giant groupers. For a fee, the aquarium offers a “Dive with the Sharks program” which lets visitors scuba dive in the Open Ocean side by side with the sharks and rays. The aquarium also features “Sanyo 4D X-venture,” a 4D Theatre.

Siam Paragon, an Australian company, uses a two tier pricing system. Thai looking customers are charged less than others.

 

Hotel Near Siam Paragon

1. Woraburi Sukhumvit Hotel & Resort

2. Sawasdee Hotel Sukhumvit Soi 8

3. Salil Hotel Sukhumvit Soi 8

4. Salil Hotel Sukhumvit Soi 11 

 

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