ImWalkingHere: Layers of Central Bangkok

In this edition of ImWalkingHere We journey through various layers in the urban fabric of central Bangkok.

Top Layer
Apartment towers sail up and past the elevated rail and road transit system which ties the city together. Magnificent vistas open up as the Skytrain snakes it’s way through the epic spaces between titanic towers of glass and steel. A vast & green landscape of skyscrapers, parks, markets & temples, dotted with gargantuan billboards.

Shining Artery: Sukhumvit Road © Christian Liebenberg
Shining Artery: Sukhumvit Road © Christian Liebenberg
Elevated transit. © Christian Liebenberg
Elevated transit. © Christian Liebenberg

Middle layer
We trace a path along Sukhumvit Road, the longest highway in the country and a major surface road in Bangkok. With the Skytrain above us, it is possible to undertake an unruffled meander on the elevated walkway that offers brief escape from the feverish circus of sights and smells that constitute the pavements of Bangkok.

Sukhumvit viaducts: Streets in the sky © Christian Liebenberg
Sukhumvit viaducts: Streets in the sky © Christian Liebenberg
Mass transit: connective tissue of concrete and light © Christian Liebenberg
Mass transit: connective tissue of concrete and light © Christian Liebenberg
Elevated Connection: Shopping / transport interchange at Terminal 21, Sukhumvit © Christian Liebenberg
Elevated Connection: Shopping / transport interchange at Terminal 21, Sukhumvit © Christian Liebenberg

Bottom layer
The street is where things really happen, and everything is on sale, from sex to deep fried scorpion.

Vertical connection: Pavement / sky walk / skytrain interface © Christian Liebenberg
Vertical connection: Pavement / sky walk / skytrain interface © Christian Liebenberg
Street level hustle © Christian Liebenberg
Street level hustle © Christian Liebenberg
© Christian Liebenberg
© Christian Liebenberg

Here is a short video showcasing my perceived Layers of Central Bangkok.