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Thailand Knowledge Park

Library inside a shopping mall? never thought about it before, never know such thing exists. But it does in Bangkok. And it doesn't call itself 'library', but knowledge park. When I think about it, this term is so right. When library associated with books (only), this place offers beyond that point.

Located at the 8th floor of Central World-the biggest shopping center in Thailand, TK Park occupies over 2500 sqm, nicely divided into some zones. I can find books (some of them in English.. just some), journals, magazines, anything really.

Go around and try their children zone and music zone (2 of my fave). they also have exhibition space and quiet room for those who need it. Many PC available to use, include to play games.

TK Park was damaged during RedShirt riot in april 2010 however they are now make a bigger and better TK park in return.

Darah itu akhirnya tumpah juga - personal view tentang demo si merah di Bangkok

Sudah sebulan sejak pertama kali (start 11 maret, how can i forget that date) si merah masuk Bangkok, kemping di Phan Fa dan pawai keliling kota. Phan Fa bisa dibilang cukup strategis karena dekat dengan beberapa kantor pemerintahan (kantor parlemen, aneka departemen, etc) juga akses ke area turis such like grand palace, aneka temple dan cuma 1-2 km dari khaosan.
Per 3 April mreka cari titik 'kemping' tambahan baru : perempatan Ratchaprasong. Buat penduduk Bangkok, perempatan itu bisa jadi pusat kota dengan aneka mall utama di skitarnya dan stasiun pusat BTS juga di daerah situ. Bis juga banyak yang trayeknya lewatin area itu. Dampaknya, kerugian scara materiil yang sangat besar buat Thailand dari pemasukan perdagangan (mall utama itu rata-rata tutup demi keamanan dan tidak ada akses buat pengunjung juga), bisnis (perkantoran di daerah itu juga sulit beroperasi) dan pastinya pariwisata. Warga lokal yang adem ayem aja dengan pawai si merah sejak maret juga mikir2 kalo mau jala…