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14 October Monument

Critics' choice
Attractions

A granite spire bears the names of 73 people killed by the military during the 1973 overthrow of the dictatorship, though an accurate toll still awaits...

14/16 Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang
Free

Chao Poh Seua Shrine

Critics' choice
Attractions

This characterful Chinese shrine to a tiger god image is guarded by two further golden tigers, with vendors selling tiger-appeasing offerings such as pork,...

468 Thanon Tanao
Free

Democracy Monument

Attractions

Designed by Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci (founder of Silpakorn University; p59), this memorial to the 1932 end of absolutism pointedly sits in a traffic...

Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang
FreeMajor venue

Devasathan & the Giant Swing

Attractions

Standing in City Hall square, the Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha) was originally erected in 1784 as part of the adjacent Devasathan, a Brahmin compound of...

268 Thanon Dinso
FreeMajor venue

Golden Mount & Wat Saket

Attractions

Assembled from canal diggings, the Golden Mount (Phu Khao Thong) was intended by Rama III to be clad as a giant chedi. Proving unstable, the rubble was...

344 Chakkraphatdiphong
FreeMajor venue

Khlong Lord

Attractions

This tree-shaded former moat is lined with timber lamp-posts shaped like old city wall posts and offers a tranquil stroll. The western bank, Thanon...

Flanked by Thanon Rachinee & Thanon Atsadang
Free

King Prajadhipok Museum

Museums

The graceful former Public Works Building displays memorabilia of King Rama VII's reign (1925-35). Coverage of his youth, Eton schooling, marriage to Queen...

2 Thanon Lanluang
Free

Krung Thep Signboard

Attractions

The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) occupies the austere modernist City Hall facing the Giant Swing. In the piazza stands a bus-length sign bearing the...

City Hall Square
Free

Lak Muang

Attractions

Thais believe the guardian spirits of a Thai town reside at its foundation pillar. Bangkok's birth thus dates from the auspicious time on 22 April 1782 when...

Thanon Sanam Chai
FreeMajor venue

Monk's Bowl Village

Critics' choice
Attractions

Buried in lanes within the block where the timber merchant street Thanon Boriphat meets Thanon Bumrung Muang, Descendants of Ayutthayan refugees maintain...

71 Soi Ban Baat
Free

Rommaninat Park & Corrections Museum

Attractions, Museums

In former prison buildings on the site of this park a small penal museum displays instruments of punishment. Amid the gardens' ponds, fountains and a large...

Thanon Maha Chai
Free

Sanam Luang

Attractions

Fringed by tamarind trees, this large oval lawn is one of the city's few truly open spaces. Here elaborate pyres are constructed to resemble sacred Mount...

Thanon Ratchadamnoen Nai
FreeMajor venue

Saranrom Park

Attractions

This former garden of Saranrom Palace, which is currently being rebuilt, has been open to the public since the 1960s and, like all Thai parks, is liveliest...

Thanon Charoen Krung
Free

Thammasat University

Attractions

The country's second most prestigious university (after Chulalongkorn) dates from 1932. A statue of its founder, statesman Pridi Bhanomyong, sits in front...

2 Thanon Phra Chan
Free

Wat Mahathat

Attractions

Less handsome than its neighbours, this large monastery is nonetheless important and more of a 'working' wat. All Thai capitals have ritually required a...

3/5 Thanon Maharat
Free
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