The Chancery of the Embassy of the Philippines in Bangkok
The Chancery of the Embassy of the Philippines in Bangkok occupies approximately 8,000 square meters along Sukhumvit Road, one of Thailand’s major highways. It is located in between Bangkok’s Khlong Toei and Vadhana districts. Sukhumvit Soi 30/1, one of Sukhumvit Road’s many side streets or soi in Thai, borders the Chancery on its west side.
The Chancery’s neighborhood has evolved from a mainly residential area characterized by stand-alone houses to one consisting of commercial centers and condominium buildings. The area has changed rapidly with Bangkok’s rapid population growth, especially with the construction of the BTS SkyTrain along Sukhumvit Road.
The Philippine Government purchased the property on 28 June 1963, during the tenure of then Ambassador Jose Ingles. The property belonged to the family of the late Thai National Artist for Film His Royal Highness Prince Anusorn Mongkolkarn. Prince Anusorn was the son of His Royal Highness Yugala Dighambara, the Prince of Lopburi, eldest child of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) of Siam and Her Royal Highness Princess Saisavali Phiromya, the Princess Suddhasininat Piyamaharaj Padivaradda
His Royal Highness Prince Anusorn was also the great-uncle of Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, the Princess Suddhanarinatha, mother of Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Narendira Debyavati, the Princess Rajasarinisiribajra. She is the eldest daughter of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua (Rama X) and eldest granddaughter of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great (Rama IX).
Since its purchase, the Chancery has served as office to thirteen (13) Philippine Ambassadors and several Foreign Service Personnel and has been witness to major events in Thai history and to the growth of the Filipino community in Thailand. It has also seen its own share of natural calamities, the most recent being the flooding on 17 October 2017.
The Chancery consists of a two-storey structure housing the Ambassador’s Office and the Administrative, Cultural, Economic, Multilateral, and Political Sections, including the Philippine Trade and Investment Center. An annex building houses the Consular Section and the representatives of the Department of National Defense and Department of Agriculture.