Ratchaprasong

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The Ratchaprasong junction and the Erawan Shrine in January 2015
Ratchaprasong in light green, adjacent Siam District in yellow located in Pathum Wan

Ratchaprasong (Thai : ราชประสงค์, pronounced  [râːt.t͡ɕʰā.prā.sǒŋ] , also written Rajprasong) is the name of an intersection, and a shopping district named after it, in Pathum Wan District, Bangkok, adjacent to Siam area. Located at the BTS Skytrain's Chit Lom Station and the intersection of Phloen Chit, Rama I, and Ratchadamri Roads. The area is home to many shopping malls and hotels.

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Attractions

Central World
Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel
Gaysorn Shopping Mall
Red Shirts demonstration at the junction (2010)

Shopping

Hotels

Transportation

Incidents

In 2010, the Ratchaprasong intersection was one of the main sites of the 2010 Thai political protests. From March to May the "Red Shirt" protesters occupied a large area around Ratchaprasong intersection in a political campaign aimed at reinstalling the government under Thaksin Shinawatra. The stage area and the surrounding tent city became known as "the red city." The major shopping malls and five-star hotels in the vicinity were forced to close during the occupation. Most residents of the area moved out for security concerns and because of the inconvenience. [4]

After weeks of failed negotiations, the Thai army moved in to clear the Ratchaprasong intersection on May 19, 2010. The violent government crackdown against the "Red Shirt" protesters resulted in the deaths of about 90 civilians and soldiers. Protestors set fire to buildings in the area; [5] this resulted in the partial destruction of Bangkok's largest shopping mall, the CentralWorld complex. [6] As of June 2012, reconstruction at the Ratchaprasong intersection is complete.

In 2014, there were demonstrations protesting Yingluck Shinawatra's government. [7] [8]

In August 2015, a bomb exploded at the Ratchaprasong intersection, [9] [10] killing twenty people and injuring 125.

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Coordinates: 13°44′40″N100°32′24″E / 13.74444°N 100.54000°E / 13.74444; 100.54000