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An October 2006 trip to Bangkok by SeenThat

City Pillar Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Beyond every street corner in Bangkok there is a delightful reminder of the past or of the glorious local culture.

San Lak Muang - The City Pillar

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City Pillar Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Thai cities always include a pillar - a symbolic representation of a linga - which is considered to host the city’s guardian spirit or deity. As such, these places are located in the vicinity of – or within - larger temples and are an official center of worship for the city’s welfare, though usually they are the preferred temples for fertility rites as well.LocationBangkok’s City Pillar is located across the avenue from the Grand Palace’s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 10, 2008

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Few places manage to transfer its visitors to another, magical world as the Ratanakosin Grand Palace does. While crossing the park leading there, spires and stupas densely rising above the wall surrounding the complex in an impossible kaleidoscope of colors and shapes act as an irresistible magnet for visitors. A view from another world, where spirits are believed to live within talismans, statues and little, colored houses.PracticalitiesThe palace compound charges an admission fee from foreigners only, Thais enter free. The ticket includes visits to Wat Phra Kaeo, to the Grand Palace Compound, to the Royal Thai Decorations and Coins Pavilion and to the Vimanmek M...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 19, 2008

Jim Thompson House

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Attraction | "Jim Thompson's House "

Jim Thompson House Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The quick transition from Siam Square – a central commercial quarter – to the quiet alley ending at a narrow, romantic canal contributes to the magic of seeing a wooden hut emerging from a lush tropical garden with lotus ponds at walking distance from the BTS Skytrain and ultramodern Bangkok.The place is the perfect noon break during a busy shopping day at Bangkok’s main ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 20, 2008

Jim Thompson House
6 Soi Kasem San 2
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
+66 (2) 216 7368

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

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Attraction | "Wat Pho"

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Wat Pho, also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon or Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is located next to Bangkok’s Grand Palace, on its southern side. This is Bangkok’s oldest and biggest temple; built in 1688 (before the city’s foundation!) it has ninety-five pagodas and 394 Buddha images, an amount unmatched by any other temple in town.TimingDue to the popularity of the site, it is recommended to visit the religious attractions as...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 20, 2008

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Rattanakosin District Adjacent To Grand Palace
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 02 222 5910; 226

Wat Ratchanatdaram

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Attraction | "Wat Ratchanaddaram - The Black Metal Pagoda"

Wat Ratchanatdaram Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The sharp contrast between this beautiful, neat, black and white, minimalist temple and the typical green and orange Thai pagodas is the first sign telling the visitor that this temple is special.HistoryIts history confirms the first impression. The Black Metal Pagoda was built in the reign of King Rama III in 1846, as a replica of an historic Sri Lankan Buddhist temple; having the original been destroyed, the temple in Bangkok became unique of its kind in the world. Reaching Wat Ratchanatdaram...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2008

Wat Ratchanatdaram
2 Mahachai Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 02 224 8807; 225

Golden Mount

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Attraction | "Wat Saket: The Golden Mount Temple"

Golden Mount Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan is a well-known sight in Bangkok, and not only because it is engraved in the two Baht coin.Its hill – raising seventy-seven meters above the street level - is seen from far away; climbing it allows beautiful views of downtown Bangkok and the Grand Palace. LocationIts location is ideal for guests at hotels...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2008

Golden Mount
Boriphat and Bamrung Muang Intersection
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 2 694 1222

Khaosan Road

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Lumphini Park Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Restaurants, guesthouses, convenience stores, travel agencies, Thai massage parlours, souvenirs and T-shirts stalls; on each of these categories, Khaosan Road probably features the highest density per square meter in the whole world. It may seem unappealing, but Khaosan’s eclectic reality is a powerful magnet for travelers from all the inhabited planets.Suddenly a minority in their own country, the few Thais venturing into this alien, galactic center do their best to sell the ultimate souvenir to funny looking, round-eyed, long-nosed humans.May be it...Read More

Ploen Chit Road

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Lumphini Park Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Connecting Sukhumvit Road with Siam Square, Ploen Chit Road hosts many of the main cultural and shopping centers in Bangkok; all of them are shaded by the ubiquitous Skytrain. Despite the last connecting all the road’s attractions, Ploen Chit is better explored by foot. In Bangkokian terms this is a rather short and calm street; except for the Siam Square area there are no stalls blocking its wide, shaded sidewalks. If walking from Siam Square to Central World Plaza, pay attention to a...Read More