Some Pictures of Bangkok

GRAND PALACE

The Grand Palace (Thai: พระบรมมหาราชวัง, Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is a complex of buildings in Bangkok, Thailand. It served as the official residence of the king of Thailand from the 18th century to the mid-20th century. After the death of King Ananda Mahidol in the Grand Palace, King Bhumibol moved the official royal residence to Chitralada Palace. Construction of the palace complex began in 1782, during the reign of Rama I.

The palace complex sits on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. The other approaches to the palace are protected by a defensive wall of 1,900 metres in length, which encloses an area of 218,400 square metres. Further out from the wall is a canal, which was also created for defensive purposes, making the area surrounding the palace an island, known as Rattanakosin.

BAIYOKE TOWER

The Baiyoke Tower II, located on 222 Rajprarop Road in the Ratchathewi district of Bangkok, Thailand, is the country’s tallest building ( But soon to be overshadowed by the Ocean One “O1” tower by 63m; scheduled to be built in Pattaya, Thailand by the end of 2009 ). It contains the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia and the third-tallest all-hotel structure in the world, with 673 guest rooms.

The building is 304 m (997 ft) tall, or 328 m (1,076 ft) tall if its antenna is included. It has 85 floors, with a public observatory on the 77th floor, a bar called “Roof Top Bar & Music Lounge” on the 83rd floor, and a 360-degree revolving roof deck on the 84th floor. Construction on the building ended in 1997, with the antenna being added two years later, in 1999.

The Baiyoke Sky Hotel website itself lists the height without the antenna as 309 m (1,014 ft), but the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Emporis, and SkyscraperPage list it as 304 m (997 ft), with SkyscraperPage stating that this height was supplied by the structural engineering company.

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Oversea Vietnamese Researchers and Educators Network

 

 

Dear friends and colleagues,

We you like to introduce you about a newly established network of overseas Vietnamese, the OVREN – Overseas Vietnamese Researcher and Educator Network. Nowadays, several thousands of Vietnamese are working overseas as either a researcher or educator or both. They have become a significant part of the scientific communities locally or internationally. Nevertheless, there have been no network to connect all these Vietnameses together. For this reason, OVREN was established with the intention to be the first and the only network for overseas Vietnamese scientists. Allow us to take this opportunity to invite you and your colleagues to be part of our dynamic society. Since OVREN is made by scientists and for scientists, we believe we have many common interests that we could share with each other. 

At OVREN we have rooms for scientists at all levels starting from those in graduate schools to faculty members. OVREN has an ambition to be a place where junior scientists come to seek advice while senior scientists go there to extend his/her vision to younger generations. Plus that there is no fee to be an OVRENer! 

We are looking forward to seeing your participation in our network. If you think your friends might be interested in joining our network (or just to let them know about the existence of OVREN), please do not hesitate to forward this website to them. 

 

 

Sincerely Yours

Bui Trung Thanh, Executive Member.