A hotel in Chang Klan has been criticized by a community group after changing its external color to turquoise.
The Petch Ngam Hotel on Charoen Phratet Road received its new paint job as part of a renovation of the building, one of the oldest high-rise hotels in Chiang Mai.
The Mueang Rak Chang Mai Community Network isn’t a fan of the new paint job saying that it is not compatible with the area. Spokesperson Mrs. Saowakon Sribunruang told Workpoint News that although the paint job is not illegal, the “bold color” spoils the landscape of the city and may affect Chiang Mai’s application to become a world heritage city.
There are controls over buildings in parts of the city that prohibits construction, modification or use of certain buildings or types of buildings including restrictions on colors but it appears that the hotel falls just outside a controlled zone. Those restrictions include external colors being brown, cream, white, off white or a natural material on no less than 80 percent of the external wall space.
The hotel responded to the complaint by saying that it picked the color as it is consistent with nature and that it does not have any effect on the city as it’s common for buildings to use distinctive color tones.