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Bangkok is becoming a so-called “smart city” with an urban development plan focused on making improvements to city technology and infrastructure. The National Charter of Thailand says they’re focusing on 4 districts: Chinatown, Asoke, Rattanakosin Island and Tao Poon.
For the Yaowarat district, or Chinatown, 580 metres will become a “web of transport” under the plan funded by the Thailand Science Research and Innovation. Free public WiFi will be provided in the area and improvements to the district’s infrastructure will make Chinatown more appealing to tourists and visitors.
The road and sidewalks will be extended to be more pedestrian-friendly and also reduce traffic. They also plan to improve lighting and drainage systems in the area as well as upgrade the bus system. Director of the National Charter of Thailand Thapana Bunyapravitra says negotiations are underway and the project could get started this year.

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