At the heart of Bangkok is the Grand Palace—a 235-year old complex that housed kings for 150 years. With 8 million visitors per year, the iconic Grand Palace is the city’s most famous landmark and has been included in The World’s Most Visited Tourist Attractions in 2016. The complex has numerous sights in it, one of which includes the Wat Phra Kaew.
Commonly known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as the most sacred temple in Thailand. Located in the main building, the Emerald Buddha is a 26-inch tall statue carved from a single jade stone. Despite its small size, the Emerald Buddha is an important Thai icon.
Located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Wat Pho--the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is a temple complex that houses the largest collection of buddha images in Thailand, including the 46-meter reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is the birthplace of the traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple.
Another Bangkok temple is the Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan in the Bangkok Yai district. Known locally as Wat Chaeng, it is a beautifully-structured temple by the Chao Phraya River with steep steps that lead to the Temple of Dawn. The temple is said to be at its most beautiful state at sunset, and during the evenings when its lit for the whole city to see.
In Central Bangkok lies a short street in the Banglamphu area called Khao San Road. Alex Garland’s 1996 novel, The Beach, describes this road as “the center of the backpacking universe”. An assortment of establishments lines this street—from guesthouses and tattoo shops to bookshops and massage parlors. Almost anything can be found in Khao San Road, and its carefree atmosphere is popular amongst locals, art students, and young hipsters.
Safari World, another Bangkok attraction, is a 480-acre zoo that consists of two parks: the Marine Park and the Safari Park. The eight-kilometer long open-air Safari Park wherein animals wander freely in. Humans get to experience the animals wandering around by driving by the area through a shuttle. The Marine Park houses a variety of land, air, and sea animals exhibited daily. More of a traditional zoo, Marine Park has seven animal performances every day, cowboy stunts, and a Spy War performance.
Another interesting sight in Bangkok is the Jim Thompson House. Located in Central Bangkok, the museum features the artworks of the late architect, Jim Thompson, who revived the silk industry of Thailand. The museum allows people to catch a glimpse of the life of Jim Thompson before his disappearance in 1967.The Thai-Western architecture fusion of the museum and its vibrant jungle atmosphere are one of the many reasons why it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
Amidst the busy city is a 142-acre park called Lumpini Park. Located in Pathum Wan, the tree-enclosed park has a public place, playgrounds, and an artificial lake wherein visitors can rent boats. The park offers numerous activities for citizens and tourists and is a popular area for morning and night joggers
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