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Bangkok Art & Culture Centre

Critics' choice
Art

Spiral up the Guggenheim-esque atrium of the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre where the top three of the building's 11 storeys are exhibition halls. Beyond...

939 Thanon Rama I
FreeMajor venue

Bangkok Sculpture Centre

Critics' choice
Art

Museums of modern Thai art are rare, but this private collection houses 120 major works, which are displayed on lawns, ledges, warehouse gantries and the...

4/18-19 Nuanchan Soi 56
FreeMajor venue

Benjakitti Park

Attractions

Surrounding Lake Ratchada, this is the first stage in converting the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly into a park. It offers jogging, cycling (with bike hire),...

Thanon Ratchadaphisek
FreeMajor venue

Benjasiri Park

Attractions

Amid Benjasiri's fountains, ponds and pavilions stand sculptures by Thai artist Misiem Yipintsoi. The park hosts festivals, and exercisers relish the skate...

Thanon Sukhumvit
FreeMajor venue

Chatuchak Park

Attractions, Museums

This respite from market mayhem is branded a 'Learning Park', with sculptures and playgrounds. The small Rail Hall of Fame houses old locomotives and...

Thanon Phahon Yothin
FreeMajor venue

Chinatown Heritage Centre & Golden Buddha

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

The famous solid gold Buddha image has been moved from a drab hall into the soaring spire of a marble mondop (artefact tower) that is so glaringly white you...

Wat Traimit
FreeMajor venue

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

Erawan Shrine

Critics' choice
Attractions

Thais seamlessly fuse modernity with spirit beliefs. This ability is encapsulated at the frenetic, smoky Hindu shrine to Brahma, erected in 1956 to appease...

At Erawan mall
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

King Chulalongkorn Statue

Attractions

Devotees of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) gather on the anniversary of his death for rites at the six-metre (20-foot) equestrian statue he had cast...

Royal Plaza
FreeMajor venue

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

Leng Noi Yee (Wat Mangkorn)

Critics' choice
Attractions

Set behind an imposing multi-tiered entrance, the 'Dragon Flower Temple' (aka Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat) is Chinatown's first and biggest. Several sermon halls...

Thanon Charoen Krung
FreeMajor venue

Lumphini Park

Critics' choice
Attractions

Named after Buddha's birthplace in Nepal, the capital's best green enclave was donated in 1925 by King Rama VI, whose statue dominates the gate opposite...

192 Thanon Rama IV
FreeMajor venue

Maha Uma Devi

Critics' choice
Attractions

Founded in the 1860s by resident Tamils, this teeming Hindu temple is dubbed Wat Khaek ('guest temple'). Thais and Chinese, too, make offerings to Uma Devi...

2 Thanon Pan
FreeMajor venue
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