MUST SEE in BANGKOK: ANCIENT CITY, WAT MAHATHAT (Ayutthata), DAMNERN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET, WAT CHAIWATTHANARAM (Ayutthaya), THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI KANCHANABURI, TIGER TEMPLE, ROYAL GRAN PALACE (Wat Prakaew), EMERALD BUDDHA, ROYAL BARGE MUSEUM, WAT PHO (The Temple of Reclining Buddha), WAT ARUN (Temple of Dawn), WAT BENCHAMABOPHIT (Marble Temple), THAILAND NATIONAL MUSEUM, WAT SAKET (Golden Mountain)

ANCIENT CITY

Location: About 40 minutes away in the neighborhood of Bangkok, only one-hour travel.

The Ancient City is the door opening to the heritage of Thai wisdom.  With a wide range of architectural symbols combined with fine arts and craftsmanship.

 

WAT MAHATHAT (AYUTTHAYA)

Location: Along Sikhun road near the terminus of Horattanachai and Naresuan.

Wat Mahathat was built in 1384 by King Rachatirat to house a relic of the Buddha, but it is more likely it was built during the reign of King Boromaraja I (1370-88).

 

FLOATING MARKET

Location: Damnern Saduak in Ratchaburi about 109 kilometers south of Bangkok

Floating Market is routinely crowded with hundreds of vendors and purchasers floating in their small rowing boats selling and buying or exchanging their goods.

 

WAT CHAIWATTHANARAM (AYUTTHAYA)

The late Ayutthaya Period begins in 1629 with the reign of King Prasat Thong and is most notable for the square-shaped or indented corners pagodas and for the re-emerging of the prang as the principal monument of the monastery.

 

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI KANCHANABURI

Location: Kanchanaburi

The bridge was first built as a part of railway in 1942.  During World War II, Japan constructed the meter-gauge railway line from Ban Pong, Thailand to Burma.  This is now known as the Death Railway.

 

TIGER TEMPLE

The “New Home for Tigers” Project, at Wat Pa Luangta Bua Kanchanaburi.

Tigers living in this Forest Monastery will be able to roam freely in their new home.  Furthermore, the new enclosure will be used for training the cubs, so that they learn to survive in the jungle ..  their real home!

 

ROYAL GRAN PALACE (WAT PRAKAEW)

Location: Sanam Luang

This palace has an area of 218,400 sqm and is surrounded by walls built in 1782 by King Rama I.

 

EMERALD BUDDHA

Location: Temple of Emerald Buddha

Phra Kaeo Morakot is the palladium of the Kingdom of Thailand, a figurine of the sitting Buddha, made of green jadeite (rather than emerald), clothed in gold, and about 45 cm tall.  It is kept in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

 

ROYAL BARGE MUSEUM

Location: 80-1 Bangkok Noi Canal Bangkok

Though the royal barges of Thailand are the last of their kind, the spectacular pageant on water can still be seen in Thailand.

 

WAT PHO (The Temple of Reclining Buddha)

Location: behind the splendid temple of the Emerald Buddha

Reclining Buddha measured 46 meters long and covered in gold leaf.  The Buddha’s feet are 3 meters long.

 

WAT ARUN (Temple of Dawn)

Location: on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River

The towering prang was built by Rama II in early part of nineteenth century and completed by his successor Rama III.

 

WAT BENCHAMABOPHIT (Marble Temple)

Location : Si Ayutthaya Road, Bangkok

Construction of the temple began in 1899 as the request of King Chulalongkorn after building his palace nearby.  It was designed by Prince Naris, a half-brother of the king.

 

THAILAND NATIONAL MUSEUM

Location : Na Prathat Road, facing Sanam Luang

The history of the National Museum Bangkok dates back to 1874 when His Majesty, King Rama V opened this museum.

 

WAT SAKET (Golden Mountain)

Location : Ratchadamnern Klang Road and Boripihat Road, Bangkok

The Golden Mountain is an artificial hill constructed under King Rama III (1824-51).  To reach the top of the Golden Mount, you must ascend exhausting 318 steps to the top.

 

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