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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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