Sights in Bangkok

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There is so much to see in Bangkok that you can easily spend a week in this city to visit all the interesting sights in and around Bangkok. Bangkok's temples, despite being in the center of a busy metropolis, are some of the finest in all of Asia. The museums in Bangkok are mostly devoted to Thai art and architecture, but the National Gallery is a place to view art from other countries. Be sure to see the National Museum and the Vimanmek Teak Mansion, as well as the Shed of the Royal Barges—a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

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Wat Pho

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Wat Phi is located south of Wat Phra Kaew & Grand Palace. It is the oldest and biggest temple in Bangkok. The temple dates back to the 16th century, but it was completely rebuilt in 1782. Wat Pho is famous for its Reclining Buddha, the largest in Thailand at 46m long and 15m high. The image is covered with gold leaf, while the soles of the image are inlaid with mother-of-pearl designs depicting the 108 auspicious signs by which a Buddha can be recognised. Located within the grounds are the headquarters for the teaching of traditional Thai medicine and Thai massage. Visitors can more..

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Grand Palace

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The Grand Palace (actually the palace consists of four separate buildings) is incorporated into the grounds of Wat Phra Kaew. The Royal Thai Decoration and Coin Pavilion is the only part open to the public, but it is nice to stroll around. Admission to the temple & the Royal Palace is 200Bht. This includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall as well. Do not forget to wear long trousers and no topless shirts. Opening hours from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

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Chinatown

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Chinatown is located east of Hualampong Station, and is not a bad place to wander around for a couple of hours Like most Chinatowns, there are plenty of temples and traditional-style Chinese shop-houses, with different areas specialising in different things, for example, shoes and gold. If you pass through Chinatown in the night, it looks totally deserted.

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Jim Thompson's House

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Jim Thompson's House is one of the best-preserved examples of the traditional Thai house in the city. Once home to the American silk entrepreneur Jim Thompson, this remarkable house museum accommodates Thompson's vast collection of antiques and artworks from all over the Southeast Asian region.

Jim Thompson's House is located alongside Saen Saeb Canal on Soi Kasem San 2, off Rama I Road. Opening hours are 9.00 am to 4.30 pm daily except Sundays. Photography is not allowed in the house. The admission fee is 100 baht.

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Wat Benchamabophit

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The temple was built in 1899 by King Rama V and houses the Buddha image, Phra Buddha Chinnarat, considered one of the most beautiful images in Thailand. The so-called Marble Temple is located on Sri Ayuttaya Rd, near the King's official residence at Chitrlada Palace. The temple got its name from the Carrera marble used in its construction. The temple is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm and admission is 10 Baht.

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Wat Arun

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Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, the temple can be reached either by Arun Amarin Road or by boat from Tha Tien Pier, near Wat Pho. The most attractive structure is the 79 metre high pagoda, which is decorated with ceramic tiles and fragments of multi-coloured porcelain. It is also called the ‘Temple of Dawn’, and the most beautiful view of it is from the east side of the river at sunset. To get there, take a ferry from the pier at Thanon Thai or at the end of Thanon Na Phra (near Grand Palace). Costs: 1 Baht.

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Wat Phra Kaeo

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Wat Phra Kaeo ,  relics of the Buddha, the Phra Mondop or the Library, housing the Tripitaka or a Buddhist scripture, the Royal Pantheon which is a pavilion used for keeping statues of deceased kings of Chakri dynasty. Besides, the 178 section mural paintings which depict the story of the Ramayana are the superb masterpiece of Rattanakosin artisans.

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National Gallery

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The National Gallery is located near the National Theatre. It is quite interesting to see the mixing of western and Thai art, but to visit the gallery is rather recommended for art fans. Ocasionally there are special exhibitions. Call 02) 2812224 for more information, Admission: 30 Baht

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National Museum

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The National Museum located at Sanam Luang contains the largest collection of Thai art and artifacts in the country, from Neolithic times to the present. It is open only from Wednesday to Sunday. Admission: 40 baht for foreigners, 20 baht for Thais.

Phone 224-1333.

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National Gallery

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A few minutes walk away from the National Museum, the Gallery exhibits both contemporary and classical art from Asian and other schools. Wednesday-Sunday 8 am-4 pm. Small admission fee.

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Erawan Shrine

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Located on Ratchadamri Road next to the Grand Hyatt Erewan hotel, the shrine devoted to Phra Phrom, a Hindu god, is greatly revered by people. Laced flowers and small wooden elephants as well as Thai dancing performances are always offered to the statue by grateful devotees. Come in the evening to experience this amazing mixture of cultures.

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The City Pillar Shrine (San Lak Muang)

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The graceful, temple-like structure houses a wooden pillar placed there by King Rama I in 1782 as the foundation stone for the new capital of Bangkok. The shrine is across the street from Wat Phra Kaeo.

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Patpong

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Much is made of Patpong, the red-light district. Not much goes on there that doesn't occur in other countries, but, rightly or wrongly, people feel safe on the bustling, brightly lit streets in the area. It doesn't really feel sleazy at all, unless you actually go into the clubs lining the streets--some of which might shock even the most worldly of visitors. If explicit, sex-oriented shows offend you, don't go into the clubs. Prurient considerations aside, you might stroll into the area just to see the busy night market. It starts at 7 pm. If you come around one or two hours more..

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Benchasiri Park

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Lumphini Park

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Bangkok's foremost park offers profuse exotic greenery to shade you from the afternoon heat. Try to visit in the early morning (around 6 am) to see locals practicing tai chi, singing and ballroom dancing. The park houses a jogging track and two lakes with rowboat rentals (40 baht per hour).

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Safari World

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Safari World is a genuine safari park, populated by a variety of African animals including giraffes, lions, rhinos, etc. It's great value at only 100 Baht per head, you just drive yourself around in your own car. There's also a bus that can take you around if you're carless. Phone: 518 1000-19.

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Democracy Monument

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The democracy monument on the busy Ratchadamnern Road was built in 1940. It was constructed to commemorate the establishment of the constitutional monarchy in Thailand. Most days associate the monument rather with the events of 1992 when scores of Thais were killed as they protested against the dictatorship of General Suchinda.

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Shed of the Royal Barges

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North of the Grand Palace on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, the Shed houses gilded vessels once used for war and currently used by the king for ceremonies of religious importance. Similar to ancient Viking boats but more ornate, these royal yachts are a spectacle even on land. Klong (canal) tours often stop there.

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Wat Traimit

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Located at the end of Chinatown’s Yaowarat Road near the Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lam Phong), this temple is known for its famous Golden Buddha. The beautiful image of solid gold is three metres high and weighs five and a half tons. The temple is open everyday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

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Rose Garden

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This beautifully landscaped resort with orchid and rose gardens, aviaries and a re-created Thai village is located about 1 hour or 32 km west of Bangkok. There's a spectacular one-hour cultural show with all the Thai trimmings — dance, martial arts (sepak takraw exhibition!), religious ceremonies and spectacular elephant tricks. Admission: about 200 baht. For more information call (02)253-0295.

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