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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

Kwan Im Shrine

Attractions, Museums

The cult of Kuan Im (aka Kuan Yin, the Chinese bodhisattva of mercy) prompted this massive, gaudy sculpture garden, embellished with wagon wheels, barrels...

Chokchai Soi 39
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

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

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

MR Kukrit Pramoj's Heritage Home

Attractions

These five Central Plains stilt houses were the seat of the late aristocrat Mom Ratchawong Kukrit Pramoj. A cultu-ral colossus, he is best known for his...

19 Soi Phra Phinij
Major venue

Neilson Hays Library

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Restaurants & cafés

This beautiful colonial-ish building from 1922 offers the best English reading in town, plus art shows in the Rotunda. The British Club next door runs its café.

195 Thanon Surawong

Patpong

Attractions

The late Thai-Chinese millionaire Udom Patpongpanit turned banana groves into a playground for locals, expats and aircrews. Patpong went a-go-go in the late...

Patpong Sois 1 & 2
Major venue

Phra Ratcha Wang Derm

Attractions

Meaning 'original palace', King Taksin's compound of Chinese-influenced buildings once included Wat Arun. Rama V gave the palace to the Thai navy, and its...

Royal Thai Navy Headquarters

Poh Teck Tung

Attractions

The shrine of a charity foundation that collects accident victims and conducts funerals for unclaimed corpses. Dealers in funerary paraphernalia gather...

326 Thanon Chao Khamrob
Free

Pratu Sun Yat Sen

Attractions

This nondescript arch marks a drama-tic moment, when China's nationalist revolutionary Sun Yat Sen fundraised in Bangkok - and was twice deported. A century...

Trok Prasai at Thanon Ratchawong
Free

Princess Mother Memorial Park

Art, Attractions, Museums

The king's late mother, Somdet Phra Srinagarinda Boromarajajonani, beloved as 'Somdet Ya', was born a commoner to goldsmiths and practised nursing. This...

Somdet Chaophraya Soi 3
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
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