Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Thailand Knowledge (TK) Park 2-24-07

This afternoon we visited the Thailand Knowledge Park (TK Park), a glitzy, upscale "public" library in a vertical shopping mall. The idea apparently came from Singapore.

It's lively, colorful, engaging. Users must pay 20 Baht/day (about 60 cents) to enter and 20 Baht to use the Internet for 1 hour. An annual pass is available for 100 Baht (about $3). Nevertheless, it made me queasy, because the National Library is obviously underfunded, and the rural areas who have libraries at all are underserved. Anyway, you can see for yourself.

1 comment:

Johanna said...

hi! do you have any idea if the TK park is owned by the government or a private company? i cant seem to look more information in their site because its in thai. Im doing a thesis similar of construction to the TK park but bigger.
I hope you can help me with my inquiry. Thank you!