Saturday, December 16, 2017

Bangkok


Bangkok is a city of contrasts, a fascinating blend of antique and modern. Exquisite golden temples stand side by side with towering skyscrapers, ultra-modern shopping malls compete with bustling street bazaars. Bangkok has literally everything for the visitor, and is an ideal base from which to explore the diverse attractions of Central Thailand.

Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew

Attractions in Bangkok

1) Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall (Hor Nitas Rattanakosin)
The Nitas Rattanakosin Museum, which is also known as the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, opened its doors to the public on March 9, 2010. Since the word Rattanakosin refers to precious gems, the museum’s logo features an elaborately-designed square that features nine colors, representing the auspicious gemstones of chrysoberyl, diamond, emerald, garnet, moonstone, ruby, sapphire, topaz and zircon. While the exhibition hall will eventually have nine rooms. Each room features exhibits relating to different aspects of the Rattanakosin Era. Hi-Tech Hardware Although the museum deals with the past, it does so using the very latest equipment, such as various state-of-the-art multimedia and interactive technologies so that the experience is not only educational, but also highly entertaining.

For example, a ‘four dimensional’ multimedia presentation, which is held in a small theater called the Grandeur Rattanakosin Room, features not only audio and video, but also allows members of the audience to experience the presentation by using touch and smell. There is even a 360° cinema presentation, which allows viewers to experience some of these traditional performances in an entirely new light. Pomp and Ceremony A visit to the Renowned Ceremonies Room allows visitors to learn more about official Royal ceremonies, such as the Royal Barge Procession and the Royal Ploughing Ceremony. This location also provides an insight into the hugely diverse range or architectural styles, featuring both Chinese and Western influences, found among the houses, palaces and temples built in the kingdom since the Rattanakosin Era get began. In the last two rooms – known as Impressive Communities and Sightseeing Highlights – I learned a huge amount about the communities residing on Rattanakosin Island and about the various touristic attractions found there.

Website : www.nitasrattanakosin.com
Opening Hours :
Tue – Fri 11.00 – 20.00
Sat – Sun and Public Holiday 10.00 – 20.00
Location:
100 Ratchdamnoen Klang Rd., Bowonniwet
Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
Tel.: +66(0)2 621 0044, +66(0)22265047-48
Fax: +66(0)2 621 0043
Ticket Price:
Adults 200 baht
Childrens 50 baht

2) Wat Pho Thai Traditional Medical School
Wat Pho Thai Traditional Medical School was officially established in 1957 by Phra Tham Varodom, who later became the 17th Supreme Patriarch of Thailand. This institution is highly respected for its curriculum in traditional Thai massage and other spa therapy, as well as courses in the use of herbs in traditional medicine. Most of the practitioners of traditional medicine who have opened shops in the area were trained here.
Besides the massage training courses, the school also offers massage therapy to the general public. A sure cure for stress and muscle aches, the services include traditional Thai massage, foot massage, aromatherapy massage and herbal compress treatment, which are available from 08.00-17.00 daily.

Buses : 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 25, 32, 43, 44, 47, 48, 53, 60, 82, 91, 123
Air-conditioned buses : 8, 9, 25, 44, 82, 91, 506, 507, 512
Pier : Tha Tien Pier(N8)
Boat : Chao Phraya Express Boat and Ferry

3) Chalermkrung Royal Theatre
The Chalermkrung Royal Theatre or Sala Chalermkrung was designed in 1933 by a Thai elite who was a former student of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The design is Thai Deco, and it is another place hosts traditional khon performances. It features high-tech lighting and sound which add an entirely new dimension to this classical dance art. Khon, as well as other Thai dramas and plays, are held all year round. The theatre is located on Charoen Krung Road.

Show times :
Fri, Sat : 20.30 hrs.
Tickets price : 1,000 baht, 1,200 baht
For Advance booking Tel. 02 224 4499
Buses : 8, 48, 73

4) National Theatre
The National Theatre lies in a wooden building next to Sivamokha-phiman Hall in the National Museum on Rachini Road. This is an ideal place to view the marvellous Thai performing art-khon or the classical masked dance- drama usually based on tales from the Ramayana Epic. Visually stunning, khon, in which performers wear extremely ornate costumes with masks and move in a rhythmical, puppet-like fashion, is highly recommended.

Show times
Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun : 14.00 hrs. and 17.00 hrs.
Tickets available : 08.30-16.00 hrs.
Tel. 02 224 1342
Buses : 14, 17, 38, 72, 79, 201, 513

5) Pakklong Taland (Flower Market)
King Rama I royally ordered the ditching of a number of canals since the establishment of Bangkok City and there exists a small canal contributing to a large near river community, known formerly as “Klong Talad”. This place has then been transformed to a local market, trading agricultural mainly involving vegetables and fruits. Up to the present, the market has become a large wholesale centre of fresh flowers of Bangkok.
Address : Chakpetch Road, Wangburaphaphirom,Phra Nakorn

Buses : 2, 3, 7ก, 8, 12, 53, 60, 73, 73ก, 82
Air-conditioned buses : 3, 32, 60, 73, 73ก, 82
Pier : Saphan Phut Pier
Boat : Chao Phraya Express Boat and Ferry

6) Cruising the Chao Phraya River and reveling on a Dinner cruise
The Thai dinner cruise activity in a modern style of both sides of the River is certainly a charm. See also the lifestyles of near river of edifices in the vicinity during the night.

Pier : from Sathorn Pier to Phra Artit Pier Chang Pier, Si Phraya Pier, Phra Artit Pier.

Dinner Cruise service
Chao Phraya Cruise : Departing from River City Pier (contact No. 02-541-5599 or visit www.chaophrayacruise.com)
Grand Pearl Cruise : contact No. 02-861-0255 ext. 201-204 or visit www.gandpearlcruise.com)
Manohrah Cruise : contact No. 02-477-0770 or visit www.manohoahcruise.com
Riverside Boat Service : departing from Riverside Hotel (contact No. 02-883-1588)
Manohran Dream : a Luxury classic tour cruise decorated in the Thai style (contact No. 02-477-0770)

7) Wat Saket Ratchaworamahawihan
This ancient temple has existed since the Ayutthaya period. Formerly known as Wat Saket, it was reestablished by king Rama I and was then royally titled “Wat Saket”. As for the Golden Mount, it was first constructed in the reign of King Rama III by emulating the pattern of the Golden Mount of the Ayutthaya period. Formally completed in King Rama V’s era, this holy site was royally entitled “Suwannabanpoth”.
Address : Wat Srakesa (The Golden Mount) Baanbaht, Pomprab, 10100, Thailand
Phone numbers : (662) 621-0576
Buses : 15, 49
Air-conditioned buses : 37, 49, 508
Access Boat : Sansab Canal Public Boat
Opening hours : everyday 08.00 -17.00 hrs.
Admission fee : 10 Baht for Foreigners.

8) Wat Traimit Wittayaram Worawihan
This holy temple was originally a people temple called “Watsamjieantai” with over 150 years of age collaboratively constructed by three Chinese comrades. Within its premises, there exists a gilded stucco Buddha image in Maravijaya, Sukhothai art in its exquisite from namely “Phra Putthatossapollayaan” Whilst it was relocated, the covered concrete was cracked revealing inside a golden Buaaha image, thus royally titled “Phra Sukothaitraimit. ” Most people call it “Luang Por Toe” or “Luang Por Wat Samjeen” by some folks.

Address : 661 Charoen Krung Road, Talad Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100,Thailand
Phone numbers : (662) 623-1226,221-9019
Buses : 1, 4, 25, 53
Air-conditioned buses : 4, 25, 73, 73ก, 501, 507
Opening hours : everyday 08.00 to17.00 hrs.
Admission fee : for Viewing Phra Phutthamahasuwanpatimakorn (The GoldenBuddha Image) : 20 Baht for foreigners.

9) Ananta Samakom Throne Hall
The Hall was built according to King Rama V’s desire but the construction was fully completed during the reign of King Rama VI. The structure of the palace is the Renaissance style designed by an Italian architect. The palace is considered to the Thai citizens. The first annual common meeting of the parliament was also held at the Hall.

Address : U-Thong Nai Road, Dusit District, Bangkok 10300, Thailand
Phone numbers : (662) 628-6300-9
Buses : 16, 18, 23, 70, 72
Air-conditioned buses : 16, 23, 70, 72, 503, 509
Opening hours : everyday 09.00-16.30 hrs. except public holidays
Admission fee : Children 10 Baht, Students and Priests 20 Baht, Adults 50 Baht, Foreigners 50 Baht.

10) Wat Suthatthep Wararam Ratchaworamahawihan and the Giant Swing
King Rama I ordered for the construction of the temple to be large as the “Panancherng Temple” because he wanted it to be a monumental landmark of the kingdom. The king named the temple “Wat Mahasuthawat” but unfortunately, he passed away before the temple was completed. The construction of“Wat Suthat Thepwararam” was eventually completed during the reign of King Rama III. Unlike other temples, “Wat Suthat Thepwararam” has no stupa. Hence, in place of the stupa is the “U-te-sik chedi” (the 7 types of plants in Buddhism.)

Address : 146 Bumrungmuang Road, Rajabopit, Phra nakorn, 10200, Thailand
Phone numbers : (662) 224-9845,222-9623
Buses : 12, 35, 42
Air-conditioned buses : 12, 42, 508
Opening hours : everyday 09.00-16.00 hrs. (Royal Temple: Everyday 09.00-12.00 hrs.)
Admission fee : Foreigners 20 Baht

11) Khaosan Road
This road used to be a rice trading place. These days it has become one of the most economical tourist attractions for foreigners because of moderately priced accommodation and nightlife entertainment.

Address : Khaosan Road, Phra Nakorn
Buses : 3, 6, 9, 30, 32, 33, 43, 53, 64, 65, 68
Air-conditioned buses : 506, 516
Pier : Banglampoo Pier (Phra Artit Pier)
Boat : Chao Phraya Express Boat and Ferry

12) Yaowarat Locality (China Town)
Yaowarat Road emerged in the reign of King Rama V and has since been a commercial zone of Chinese-Thai people. Along the road lies gold shops, stores selling imported products from China, food outlets, and the old market, a local marketing fresh and dry Chinese food. The old market is well known among Bangkokians. At night, Yaowarat will be converted from an economy road to that of the food which is one the longest in Bangkok.

Address : Yaowarat Road
Buses : 1, 4, 7, 21, 25, 49, 53, 204
Air-conditioned buses : 4, 7, 25, 49, 73, 73ก, 204, 501, 507
Pier : Rajchawong Pier
Boat : Chao Phraya Express Boat and Ferry
BTS Skytrain : National Stadium Station W1

13) Chatuchak Weekend Market
It is the largest Weekend market in Thailand, a shopping centre of over 8,000 outlets from every region of the nation. The market is divided into 27 projects. Merchandise groups range from home decorative items, collectables, antiques, accessories, handicrafts, furniture, pets, clothing, plants, used books, local foods, and many other miscellaneous.

Address : Kampangpetch 3 Road, Lard Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok, 10900, Thailand
Phone numbers : (662) 272-4575
Buses : 3, 8, 26, 29, 34, 44, 59, 63, 77, 145
Air-conditioned buses : 3, 26, 34, 59, 63, 77, 145, 502, 503, 509, 512, 513, 529
Opening hours : Saturday, Sunday and National Holidays 09.00 to 19.00 hrs.
BTS Sky Train : Chatuchak station
Subway : Chatuchak station

14) Cruising along Canals, sight-seeing Taling Chan Floating Market
Visit the area around Taling Chan district and Taling Chan Floating Market, as well as the river landing stage in front of the Taling Chan District Office. Browse the garden and ways of living of Taling Chan inhabitants attesting to the atmosphere and lifestyles of the near river community. Experience villagers, temples, Thai traditional houses both old and modified, shops, and vending boats in the traditional lifestyles of Bangkokians

Address : Taling Chan District
Phone Numbers : (662)424-1742, 424-5448
Air-conditioned buses : 79
Opening hours : Sat. and Sun. from 08.00-17.00 hrs.

15) Vimanmek Mansion
“Dusit Garden”. Vimanmek Mansion is an elaborate architectural style which reflects a western influence and is made of golden teak wood. Inside the mansion are displayed rooms of personal belongings of HRS Rampaipanee, Queen of King Rama VII which includes HRH’s photographs and artefacts.

Address : 16 Rajavithi Road, Dusit District, Bangkok 10300, Thailand
Phone Number : (662) 628-6300-9
Buses : 12, 18, 28, 70
Air-conditioned Buses : 515
Opening hours : Museum hours 09.30-15.30 hrs. including weekends and public holidays; Thai and English guide for 30 mins.; No guide on public holidays; admission fee also includes the Apisek Dusit Mansion and the Horse carriage Museum.
Admission fee : Students, monks and nuns 20 Baht, Adults 75 Baht, Foreigners 100 Baht.

16) Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram Ratchaworawihan
Regarded as a first class royal temple, it is also known worldwide as “The Marble Temple”. Its Buddhist monastery and cloister are adorned with the finest marble from Italy. It was established by King Rama V with the architectural and decorative art of the Thai craftsmanship. This sanctuary is deemed as one of the temples with the best layout. Inside the monastery houses the replica of Phra Buddhachinnarat.

Address : 69 Rama V Road, Chitralada, Dusit, Bangkok, 10300, Thailand
Phone Number : (662) 282-7413, 281-3277, 628-7947, 281-4030
Buses : 16, 23, 72
Air-conditioned Buses : 23, 16, 72, 503, 505, 509
Opening hours : everyday from 07.00-18.00 hrs.
Admission fee : 20 baht for foreigners
Access library : Sala Dharmajinarajapanchabopith

17) Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklaram Ratchaworamahawihan (Wat Pho)
King Rama III had royally initiated this holy temple as the “Public University” a fine collection of eight poetry genres: temple history, medical text, sanitation, tradition, Thai literature, comparative poetry, and Buddism. The temple had been renamed as “Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklaram” in the reign of King Rama IV. Nowadays, the temple has been holding training sessions for traditional meditation, the graduates of which are awarded a medical practice certificate from the Ministry of Health.

Address : 2 Sanam Chai Road, Borommaharajchawang, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Phone Number (662) 226-0335, 226-0369
Buses : 1, 12, 32, 44, 53, 82, 91
Air-conditioned Buses : 12, 32, 44, 91
Access Pier : Tien Pier
Access Boat : Chao Phraya Express Boat or Ferry
Opening hours : Everyday from 08.00-17.00 hrs.
Admission fee : 50 baht for foreigners

18) Wat Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan (Temple of Dawn)
Formerly Known as “Wat Chaeng”. This temple has existed since the Ayutthaya period. When the King of Thonburi relocated the kingdom from Ayutthaya to Thonburi City. He determined the temple to be in royal vicinity. Housing the Emerald Buddha brought from Wiangchan. Vastly renovated in Kingdom Rama II’s reign, it is regarded as King Rama II’s individual temple. Upon its completion, the temple was royally titled “Wat Arunratchawararam” or “Wat Chaeng”. The interesting landmark is the gigantic stupa, 82 meters in height and 234 meters in width. The temple was first built in the reign of King Rama III and was completed in King Rama IV reign. Later its name has been changed to”Wat Arunratchawararam”, considered the royal temple of Woramahawihan class or formally Known worldwide as “Wat Arunratchawararam Woramahawihan”.

Address : 158 Wang Derm Street, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok, 10600, Thailand
Phone Number (662) 466-3167, 891-2185
Buses : 19, 57
Access Pier : Tien Pier
Access Boat : Chao Phraya Express boat and ferry
Opening hours : Everyday from 08.00-17.00 hrs.
Admission fee : for viewing the stupa 50 baht for foreigners

19) Lumpini Boxing Stadium and Ratchadamneon Boxing Stadium
Thai boxing is considered a sport as well as an defense arts. This artistic sport is found to be unique and one of Thai martial arts. Lumpini Boxing Stadium has been regarded as one with a history as long as Ratchadamneon Boxing Stadium. Fight settings of both Thai and international boxing are regularly held and the champion of this stadium is perceived as if the winner of the Thai boxing championship.

Address
Lumpini Boxing Stadium : Rama IV Road, Klong Toey, Bangkok, Thailand
Phone numbers : (662) 251-4303, 280-4550
Buses : 4, 13, 22, 46, 47, 106, 109, 115, 116, 149
Air-conditioned Buses : 4, 22, 507
Opening hours :
Every Tuesday and Friday from 18.30 to 22.00 hrs.
Every Saturday from 17.00 to 20.30 hrs. except important Buddhist Days
Admission fee : Price are subject to change
Thais 350, 500, 1,000 baht
Foreigners 1,000, 1,500, 2,000 baht
Website: www.muaythailumpini.com

Ratchadamneon Boxing Stadium : Ratchadamneon Nok Road, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok, Thailand
Phone numbers : (662) 281-4205, 281-0879
Buses : 70, 201
Air-conditioned Buses: 70, 503
Opening hours :
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 18.00 to 21.00 hrs.
Every Sunday from 17.00 to 21.00 hrs. except important Buddhist Days.
Admission fee : Price are subject to change
Thais 350, 500, 1,000 baht
Foreigners 1,000, 1,500, 2,000 baht

20) The Royal Barges Museum

The Royal Barges are not barges in the sense of vessels employed to carry cargo up and down the river. Rather, they are ornately decorated boats with magnificently carved prows that at one time served a military function since Ayutthaya period, but today they are limited to use in state ceremonies and celebrations. The cavalcade is truly massive and consists of a formation of five rows of barges in accordance to the “Pichai Songkram” book.

Address: 80/1 Arune-amarin Road, Arune-amarin, Bangkok Noi 10700, Thailand
Phone Number:(662) 424-0004
Buses: 19, 57, 79, 80, 81, 91, 123, 124, 127, 147, 149
Air-conditioned Buses: 79, 503, 507, 509, 511, Micro bus 10
Opening hours: 09.30-17.00 hrs. ; Closed on New Year’s Eve and Songkran Day (Thai New Year)
Admission fee:
Thais 20 Baht;
Foreigners 100 Baht (photograph fee within the museum 100 baht and video recording fee 200 baht) no admission fee for students in uniforms, monks and nuns.

21) Wat Yannawa
This Temple was built in Ayutthaya period, known as “Wat Kok Khwai”. In order to let people remember the Chinese ship that had originally bought so much prosperity to the kingdom, King Rama III restored it and renamed as “Wat Yannawa” or The Boat Temple.The unique attraction of this temple is the base of the temple that was built in a shape of full size ship and two pagodas which replaced the masts.

Address : 1648 Charoern Krung Bangkok, Thailand 10120
Phone : +66 2 211 9317, 675

22) National Museum

With increasing trade with the West resulting in a shortage of traditional bullet coins, King Rama IV ordered the purchase of machinery to mint coins which was installed at the Royal Mint in the Grand Palace. This was replaced in the reign of King Rama V who ordered the construction of an entirely new building for the Royal Mint, which carried on producing coins until its machinery wore out and the Mint moved to Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.

Department of Fine Arts then requested its use from the Royal Mint to create the National Gallery in 1974.

The Structure: It contains elements of both Thai and Western architecture and is a “typical building from the reign of King Rama V”

Permanent Exhibitions: These include collections of modern art by famous Thai artists both past and present, and includes works by both King Rama VI and His Majesty the present King, traditional murals and all categories of modern art from the first days to the present.

Temporary Exhibitions: Thai and foreign artists arrange revolving exhibitions alternating with annual exhibitions, where the work on display goes through selection, and includes painting, ‘sculpture, prints and installations.

There are also a library and a souvenir shop selling books and postcards. Interested people can listen to lectures, training and seminars about artistic activities arranged by the National Gallery.

Address : Chaofa Road Chanasongkhram Sub-District Phra Nakhon District Bangkok 10200
Phone:(02) 282-2639 , 281-2224 1
Fax: (02) 282-2640
Bus: 3 6 9 32 33 43 53 64 65
Air-con Bus: 39 80 506
Pier : Chao Phraya Express Boat: Banglumpoo
Opening Hours : Wed-Sun 9 am-4 pm Closed: Mon Tue Public Hols.
Admission Fee : Thai 10 Bht Foreigner 10 Bht Free Admission for Monk Nun Student in Uniform
Activity&Festival : Exhibition Lecture Seminar
Listed by Fine Arts Dept.: 1978
Thai Architecture Award : 1989
Prohibited : Taking photo inside Bldg.
Parking : In the Museum compound
Nearby Attractions : Bangkok Metropolitan , Tourist Bureau Banglamphu , College of Dramatic Arts , Kaoson Road , National Museum , National Theatre , Pra Athit Road , Snam Luang , Thammasat U. , Wat Chanasongkhram , Wat Mahathat , Wat Phra Kaeo

23) Wat Ratchabophit
King Rama V ordered this to be the first temple built after he came to the throne. It was to commemorate the Queen and his concubines. It later became the temple of King Rama VII.

Ubosot: Exterior of the main chapel is Thai, but the interior is European style. The patterns copy Royal decorations in mother-of-pearl. The door frames are “an important example of the Rattanakosin style.”

Phra Puttha Ankhiros: A Buddha image in the Meditation posture inside the ubosot. It is entirely gilded with gold on a chukchi base, where the ashes of King Rama VII are kept.

Chedi: Built in the Thai style, with a notched base decorated with Bencharong ceramics. The top of the chedi holds relics of the Lord Buddha, and the enclosure around it contains Buddha images in several postures.

Wihan: This prayer hall is in the same style as the ubosot. The window frames are patterned with Royal decorations lacquered with gold leaf.

Royal Cemetery: Monuments containing the ashes of the Queen, concubines, sons and daughters of King Rama V and the Royal Family, are here in the form of Khmer stupas and chedis.

Remarkably, there are no Sema, or boundary stones, around the ubosot. Instead, they are set on a circle of columns facing in eight directions.

24) Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworawiharn
King Rama I appointed a Mon group of monks to look after this Ayutthaya period temple, so it became known in the Mon language as Wat Tong Pu. When Somdet Chao Phraya Maha Surasinghanat moved his troops back to Bangkok after victory in the battle of the Nine Armies, there was a ceremony of ritual bathing and changing of robes before he entered the Grand Palace, so the main temple was restored in 1787. After that, King Rama I gave it the name Wat Chanasongkhram.

Ubosot: This dates from the reign of King Rama I. Gable and decoration is a Naga or serpent, a special feature of Front Palace artisans. Behind the chapel walls and window frames are flame motifs. Ogival stones on the temple wall are in the shape of Vishnu mounted on a Garuda. The outside arch has stucco flame motifs, while inside the door frames are coloured paintings. Around the chapel and behind the principal Buddha image are containers of the ashes of the princes of five kings.

Chedi: Two chedis were built in front of the chapel in the early Rattanakosin period. They are in the Jom Hae, or wide base and sharp top shape.

Principal Buddha Image: Phra Putthanorasitrilokachet is an image in the Subduing Mara posture, made of plaster, lined with lead and gilded, in the reign of King Rama I. The base is surrounded by 15 Buddha images which were all made at the same time.

Address: Chakkrabongse Road Banglamphu Sub-District Phra Nakhon District Bangkok 10200
Phone: (662) 281-8244, 281-5056
Bus: 3 6 9 15 30 32 33 43 64 65 123
Air-con Bus: 38 82 506 (Sai Old 15)
Pier: 1. Chao Phraya Express Boat: Phra Athit Pier 2. Passenger Boat: Phra Sumen Fort Pier (Phadung Krungkasem Canal)

Opening Hours: Temple: Daily 5 am-8 pm Ubosot: Daily 6 am-6 pm
Admission Fee: Free Admission
Activity&Festival: Songkran Festival (Apr 13-15)
Listed by Fine Arts Dept.:1949
Royal Temple: Second Class
Parking: In the Temple compound
Nearby Attractions: Ban Chao Phraya Banglamphu, Ban Phra Athit, Buddhist Association Lib., College of Dramatic Arts, Lamphu Tree, Khaosan Road, Kurusapha Printing House, National Gallery, National Theatre, Phra Sumen Fort, Wat Bowonniwet, Wat Sangwet, UNICEF Bldg.

25) Wat Phra Kaew
The temple is in the outer section of the Royal Enclosure west of the Grand Palace . It was built on the orders of King Rama I along with the Grand Palace and Rattanakosin Island , and is built as a temple in a Royal compound like Wat Sri Sanphet in Ayutthaya . It has no resident monks.

The Emerald Buddha (Phra Putta Maha Mani Ratana Patimakorn or Phra Kaeo Morakot): This is a Buddha image in the meditating position in the style of the Lanna school of the north, dating from the 15th century AD. King Rama I brought it from Vientiane , and it is considered to be the most important Buddha image in the country.

Model of Angkor Wat: King Rama IV had this built by Phra Samphopphai when Cambodia was under Siamese control. The model was recreated in plaster at the behest of King Rama V to celebrate the first centenary of the Royal city.

Prasat Phra Thepidon: This four-square prang originally called “Puttaprang Prasat” was built in the reign of King Rama IV. Inside are statues of Kings Rama I-King Rama VIII, to which the public pay their respects on Chakri Day, April 6, every year.

Mondop:This structure stands behind Prasat Phra Thepidon, and was built in the reign of King Rama I. Inside is a cabinet holding the Buddhist scriptures beautifully decorated in mother-of-pearl.

Balcony: This can be compared to the temple wall. The murals inside tell the Ramayana story in its entirety. On the columns of the balcony are stone inscriptions of the verses describing the murals.

Phra Sri Ratana Chedi: Built in the style of Wat Sri Sanphet in Ayutthaya , this chedi is to the west of the Monhop. Inside is a small chedi with relics of the Lord Buddha.

Phra Atsada Maha Chedi: This group of eight chedis stands in front of the temple. It was built in the reign of King Rama I and dedicated to the heavens. Six of the group are outside the balcony, two are inside. Each has its own name.

Yaksa Tavarnbal (Gate-keeping Giants): Six pairs of mythical ogres stand at each gate of the Balcony. These are the main Giants of the Ramayana.

Hor Phra Khanthan-rat: Standing in the estern corner of the balcony, this is where the Phra Puttakhanthan-rat figure is enshrined. It presides over the Royal rain-making ceremony and the ceremony of the first rice planting. Inside are paintings by the mural artist Khrua In Khong.

Hor Phra Ratcha Karamanusorn: Inside this structure are 34 Buddha images in various positions, built by command of King Rama III and dedicated the kings of Ayutthaya and Thonburi.

Hor Phra Ratcha Pongsanusorn: Built in the reign of King Rama IV, this is the location of the Buddha image of the reigning King of the Rattanakosin Era. Inside are murals of Royal chronicles of Ayutthaya by Khrua In Khong.

Hor Phra Nak: Situated behind the temple, this traditional Thai building roofed with glazed tiles contains the ashes of the Royal family.

Address: Na Phralan Road Phra Borommaharatchawang Sub-District Phra Nakhon District Bangkok 10200
Tel: (662) 222-8181: 3801 3890 222-2208 623-5500: 3100
Bus: 1 3 6 9 15 19 25 30 32 33 39 43 44 47 53 59 60 64 65 70 80 82 91 123 201 203
Air-con Bus: 1 8 25 506 507 512 Sai 38 39 44
Pier: Chao Phraya Express Boat: Tha Chang Pier

Opening Hour: Daily 8 am-4 pm
Admission Fee: Foreigner 200 Bht
Activity-Festival: Sun: Sermon 1 pm Buddist Holy Day: Sermon 9 am 1 am
Guide: 10 am 2 pm Personal Audio Guide (PAG): German English French Japanese Mandarin Russian Spain Thai
Admission Fee: 100 Bht/2 hours Passport/Credit card
Tel: (662) 222-2208
Prohibited: Taking photo inside the ubosot
Man: Shorts Pants Slippers
Woman: Undershirt Singlet Shorts Sandals

Coffee Shop: Sala Atthawichan
Restaurant: Sala Atthawicthan
Parking: Ratchavoradit Pier, Snam Luang , Wat Mahathat
Nearby Attraction: City Pillar Clock Tower, Grand Palace , Hor Klong Shrine, National Museum, old Cannon Museum, Saranrom Par k, Silpa Bhirasri Memorial, Silpakorn U. , Snam Luang, Thammasat U. Wat Arun, Wat Mahathat , Wat Pho , Wat Ratchapradit

Historical Rattanakosin:
Rattanakosin Island, traced back to the past, is the area of “Krung Rattanakosin”, the capital of Thailand for more than 200 years ago. It is not only the location of the Grand Palace where the King lived but also Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) where the Emerald Buddha image, which is the most venerated Buddha image in Thailand, was placed. Besides, the island’s surrounding areas are filled with important places, profound in historical value, and impressive background that truly reflects the glorious traditional lifestyle of Thai people ranging from high-ranking royal members to ordinary people in the ancient time.

Rattanakosin Island Sightseeing :
Visitors are encouraged enjoying an experience the magnificent architectures and open a new perspective of the of temples, palaces, historical sites, monuments, forts and so forth through a tram journey on the Rattanakosin line. This tram line has been developed purposively for conservation and recollection of the journey in the old time. It provides another atmosphere of city sight-seeing which gives you an opportunity to absorb the historical value.
Moreover, through the tram passageway, you can pay homage to the sacred images in many important temples that rooted back from an early age of Rattanakosin era and also be pleased with restaurants and merchandising shops that are abound along both sides of the street.

Bangkok Sightseeing : Ko Rattanakosin tourist attractions
The Rattanakosin tram trip starts at Sanam Luang. You can ask for a ticket at the information counter, right at the corner of Na Phrathat road, opposite to the Silapakorn Fine Arts Department, and at the Democracy monument.

Bangkok Sightseeing : China Town Yaowarat
Bangkok has been admired as being a beautiful city, making it one of the world’s top tourist destinations. The “charm” of diverse and unique tourist attractions, combined with modernity and convenience, has been favored by tourists from around the world.

More Information, Please call
Bangkok Tourism Division
Culture, Sports and Tourism Department
Tel: (662) 225-7612 to 5

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