Khlong Ong Ang Canal in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district has become a new landmark of the city. It has won the 2020 Asian Townscape Award for Landscape Improvement Project from UN – Habitat Fukuoka.
Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul said that Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha had congratulated the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on the award, saying that it reflects the success of the Khlong Ong Ang renovation project, which is now recognized at the global level.
Thailand is among the six countries that were chosen for the landscape improvement project. Five other countries that were given the 2020 Asian Townscape Awards include Japan, South Korea, China, Nepal, and Malaysia.
Ms. Traisulee said that the Prime Minister has constantly followed up on the development and management of Khlong Ong Ang Canal. He found that the project has proven successful in terms of economic, social, and cultural development. Several projects have also been launched as part of the renovation project and they have attracted a lot of public interest.
More importantly, the Prime Minister believed that the Khlong Ong Ang renovation project would become a model of landscape improvement for other areas, not only in Thailand, but also in other countries. The project has been carried out in line with the community way of living, which will bring about a better quality of life for the people.
Ms. Traisulee said that the Government attaches great importance to the landscape improvement of various canals in the country. In Bangkok, several canals are also being developed, such as Khlong Lot, Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem, Khlong Lat Phrao, and Khlong Chong Nonsi. The objective is also to improve the environment and upgrade the people’s quality of life.
The landscape improvement project will preserve the local identity, increase greenbelt and recreational areas for the people, and link tourism with the local way of life, based on sustainable development.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department