Bangkok Attractions

With so significantly to choose from, any reasonably brief choice of Bangkok attractions should inevitably be private. The following involves some of the most celebrated sights in or close to the city, as nicely as a couple of that may possibly get overlooked in the course of a short go to:

The Grand Palace Enclosure

No group of buildings in all the nation greater illustrates the splendour of Thailand’s cultural heritage than this mile-square com¬pound containing the Grand Palace and its adjacent Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The earliest structures, in classic Thai style, date from the reign of King Rama I extensive alterations have been produced by later rulers of the dynasty, particularly King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), who added a number of impres¬sive Western-style buildings to the collec¬tion. Of unique interest are the Dusit Maha Prasat, an audience hall with traditional multi¬tiered roofs and an sophisticated, gilded spire the Amarin Vinitchai Throne Hall, which served a the residence of the first 3 Chakri kings and the Chakri Maha Prasat, contain¬ing the present throne hall, a generally Euro¬pean edifice crowned by 3 Thai spires.

The temple, known as Wat Phra Keo, houses the renowned Emerald Buddha, a modest, considerably-venerated image of northern Thai ori¬gin whose jewelled robes are changed 3 times a year by His Majesty the King at the beginning of each season. The principal chapel, as well as the many buildings and monu¬ments surrounding it, are dazzlingly adorned by a profusion of stucco, gilded carvings, mother-of-pearl inlay, glass mosaics, statu¬ary, and other classic Thai arts. (The Grand Palace is open every day, from 9 a.m. to six p.m.)

WatArun

Popularly referred to as Temple of Dawn, this dramatic complex overlooking the Chao Phraya River on the West bank dates from the Ayutthaya period and, for the duration of the Thonburi reign of King Taksin, was briefly the property of the Emerald Buddha. In those days its central, Khmer-style tower was only 15 metres tall, nonetheless the present 104-metre creation was started by King Rama II of Bangkok and completed in the following reign. Identified as a prang, the tower represents the sacred Mount Meru, a heavenly realm consisting of 33 layers. Wat Arun is noted for its spectacular decoration, consisting of thou¬sands of pieces ofThai and Chinese pottery set in an intricate mosaic of delicate floral patterns covering nearly the entire structure. (Wat Arun is open every day from 9 a.m. to five p.m.)

Vimam Mek Palace

This magnificent palace, built entirely of rare golden Teak, was designed by a son of King Rama V at the turn of the century. It was initially intended as a location for the king to keep on visits to the island of Si Chang in the Gulf of Thailand but was moved even though nevertheless incomplete to Bangkok. There it served for a time as the royal residence during construc¬tion of the nearby Dusit Palace. The octago¬nal building – reputedly the biggest teak structure in the planet – was restored by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit as element of Bangkok’s Bi¬centennial Celebration in 1982 and since then has been open to the public. Vimarn Mek consists of a fascinating col¬lection of Royal memorabilia, such as old photographs, furnishings, objets d’art, and such curiosities as a massive copper bath and the initial shower ever observed in Thailand. (Vimarn Mek is open Wednesday by means of Sundays, 9.30 a.m. to four p.m.)

Jim Thompson’s Property

This was the residence ofthe famous Ameri¬can who came to Thailand as a military officer at the end of Globe War II and stayed on to revive the Thai silk market as effectively as to form a single of the finest private collections of art from Thailand and neighbouring countries.

The Thompson property, which he constructed in 1959, is actually composed of 4 total old Thai-style teak structures and component of a fifth, artfully reassembled to kind a single residence. The lofty, panelled drawing area, for example, dates from about 1800 and came from a neighborhood of silk weavers across the canal behind the home, while others have been identified in a village near A yutthaya. Some attributes, such as the enclosed stairhall and the modern bathrooms, represent departures from standard construction, but the essen¬tial Thai spirit has been very carefully preserved.

The Weekend Market place

For a complete introduction to the real life of modern Thailand – its people, its culture, and its products both all-natural and man-produced – few single places can equal the great public market held every single Saturday and Sunday at Chatuchak Park. Here, late on Friday evening, thousands of vendors move in an remarkable assortment of goods, and for two days the 31-acre region is packed with Thais of all classes in search of a bargain or just the pleasure of its colourful atmosphere.

Though largely covered, the industry can be hot for visitors and involves a good deal of walking, so wear your most comfortable clothes and shoes lots of open-air food stalls are scat¬tered around, however, offering a cool drink or a bowl of quick noodles for these whose energy flags. (The Weekend Marketplace is open Saturday and Sunday, from dawn until nightfall.)

The Rose Garden

Located some 32 kilometres west of Bang¬kok on the bank of a picturesque river, this beau¬tifully landscaped park has a golf course, a modem hotel, and Thai-style bungalows for rent. Most men and women, even so, go there for a day trip – frequently in conjunction with a visit to the nearby Floating Industry at Damnern Saduak, — and enjoy a few hours of strolling around the in depth gardens, consuming in one of several restaurants, and seeing a cultural show performed each and every afternoon at 3 o’clock. Classic village culture is the theme of the show, which involves folk dances, educated elephants, Thai boxing and sword fighting. (The Rose Garden is open everyday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
SABUNG AYAM