Notes on the Geography of Thailand: Bangkok: Photo 33
Twenty-six of those acres were leased for the Siam Intercontinental Hotel, which was designed by Joseph Salerno and opened in 1964. The roof imitated a royal hat and was considered offensive for many years. People eventually grew to like it, but real-estates values usually trump sentiment, and the hotel was demolished in 2002 to make way for the Siam Paragon shopping center, along with a new hotel.
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