Bangkok Journals

The City of Angels

A September 2004 trip to Bangkok by lrybka

Quote: Bangkok is known as the City of Angels, but this journal focuses more on the practical side of the city than celestial creatures.

The City of Angels

Overview

Quote:
"The City of Gods, the Great City, the Residence of the Emerald Buddha, the Impregnable City (of Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the Grand Capital of the World Endowed with Nine Precious Gems, the Happy City Abounding in Enormous Royal Palaces Which Resemble the Heavenly Abode Wherein Dwell the Reincarnated Gods, a City Given by Indra and Built by Vishnukarm," – I copied this verbatim from my guidebook, and for good reason – it is the word-by-word translation of the official Thai name for Bangkok. I spent just over five full days in the Thai capital on my way to an island resort in Phuket. How can I summarize my stay? It was far too short to see all this wonderful city has to offer. Let...Read More

National Museum

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Attraction | "Bangkok National Museum"

Quote:
As one of the world’s prime museums, the Thai National Museum in Bangkok was started at the Grand Palace in order to include the private collection of antiquities of the local monarch – in this case, King Mongkut (King Rama IV, 1851-1868). It was also the first museum ever in Thailand. It was made public by King Mongkut’s son, King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V, 1868-1910). The museum’s goal is to preserve Thai history and heritage through sizeable collections of art, archaeological and cultural objects. You should start by exploring some of the country’s history with a black-stone inscription from Sukhothai, which is the oldest-known record of the wonderfully crafted Thai alphabet. Although t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 25, 2004

National Museum
Na Phrathat Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 (2) 224 1333

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

Attraction | "Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn"

Quote:
The Wat Arun has two other names, one simple and one not-so-simple. The simple one is the English-language translation – ‘The Temple of Dawn’. Now comes the difficult one - Wat Arunratchawararam, which is just another Thai name signifying pretty much the same. And I do not even want to think about the number of orthographic errors in that one! Surprisingly, the name comes from the Indian, not Thai, word Aruna, which is the name for the goddess of dawn. It was formerly known as Wat Makok and Wat Jaeng. Formerly, the temple housed the emerald Buddha statue, but that was moved to another temple. What we can see today still inspires. Wat Arun has a typical prang, based on two terrace...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 25, 2004

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)
Thai Wang Road
Bangkok, Thailand