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Bangkok sky park raises tourism hopes for post-pandemic Thailand

Chao Phraya footbridge offers new landmark and stunning views

Chao Phraya Sky Park was built by refurbishing a bridge that was neglected for about three decades. (Photo by Yohei Matsumura)

BANGKOK -- Thailand has spruced up its capital in hopes of drawing tourists back to the Southeast Asian nation, turning a 30-year-old failed railway project into a tree-lined pedestrian walkway over the city's Chao Phraya River.

Chao Phraya Sky Park, the latest tourist attraction in a city full of them, comes as the country begins to chart a post-pandemic course for reopening its borders to international tourists -- a crucial part of the country's economy. It also comes at a time when the country is experiencing growing protests over inequality.

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