Bangkok railway station
Bangkok railway station (Thai: สถานีรถไฟกรุงเทพ), unofficially known as Hua Lamphong station (Thai: สถานีหัวลำโพง), is the main railway station in Bangkok, Thailand. It is in the center of the city in the Pathum Wan District, and is operated by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).
|Location||Rama IV Rd, Rong Mueang, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, 10330|
|Owned by||State Railway of Thailand|
|Line(s)||Northern Line |
|Opened||25 June 1916|
|Passengers (22,000,000)||60,000+ per day|
The station is officially referred to by the State Railway of Thailand as Sathani Rotfai Krung Thep (สถานีรถไฟกรุงเทพ) in Thai (Krung Thep is the transliteration of the common Thai language name of Bangkok) and Bangkok Station in English. Hua Lamphong (Thai: หัวลำโพง) is the informal name of the station, used by both foreign travellers and locals. The station is often named as Hua Lamphong in travel guide books and in the public press.
In other areas of Thailand the station is commonly referred to as Krungthep Station, and the name Hua Lamphong is not well-known.
The word Hua Lamphong no one knows what that means. But often has an explanation that comes from the word Wua Lamphong (วัวลำพอง; roughly translated as "bull’s swagger") which has no meaning. Or explain that from the word Lamphong (Datura metel) which is a plant that has toxic effects.
But some academics believe should have originated from Malay as well as many other places in Bangkok such as Bang Phlat, Bang Kho Laem, Samre, Bukkhalo, Khlong Lambak, Chorakhe Bua etc. By explaining that it is derived from the mixed word between Khua in Thai, means bridge and the word Lamphung in Malay (pronounced Lumphung) meaning temporary, Loi Khua Lumphung is a temporary bridge (across or floating in the river) became Hua Lamphong according to the pronunciation of Thais.
The station was opened on 25 June 1916 after six years of construction that started in 1910 in the reign of King Chulalongkorn and finished in the reign of King Vajiravudh. The site of the railway station was previously occupied by the national railway's maintenance centre, which moved to Makkasan in June 1910. At the nearby site of the previous railway station a pillar commemorates the inauguration of the Thai railway network in 1897.
The station was built in an Italian Neo-Renaissance-style, with decorated wooden roofs and stained glass windows, with the Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof in Germany as a prototype. The architecture is attributed to Turin-born Mario Tamagno, who with countryman Annibale Rigotti (1870–1968) was also responsible for the design of several other early 20th century public buildings in Bangkok. The pair designed Bang Khun Phrom Palace (1906), Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in the Royal Plaza (1907–15) and Suan Kularb Residential Hall and Throne Hall in Dusit Garden, among other buildings.
There are 14 platforms, 26 ticket booths, and two electric display boards. Hua Lamphong serves over 130 trains and approximately 60,000 passengers each day. Since 2004 the station has been connected by an underground passage to the MRT (Metropolitan Rapid Transit) subway system's Hua Lamphong MRT Station.
On 25 June 2019, the 103rd anniversary of Hua Lamphong was celebrated with a Google Doodle.
The station is scheduled to be closed for being main railway station in 2021, when it will be converted into a museum. The station will change its official name to Hua Lamphong station. The State Railway of Thailand plans to move Bangkok's central station to Bang Sue Central Station.
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- รายงานกองบัญชาการครั้งที่ 20 กล่าวด้วยการเดินรถไฟหลวงทางขนาดใหญ่ในกรุงสยามประจำพระพุทธศักราช 2459 (ปิคฤศต์ศักราช 1916-17), กรมรถไฟหลวง, โรงพิมพ์กรมรถไฟ, 2460 (Stored in National Archives of Thailand)
- งานฉลอง 50ปี กรมรถไฟหลวง, กรมรถไฟหลวง, โรงพิมพ์กรมรถไฟ, 2490