By Gregory Byrne Bracken
This is often Bangkok such as you have by no means visible it earlier than. the writer takes you on an architectural experience during the bustling streets and busy canals of this regal urban. Dr Bracken s well-researched insights and his appealing sketches will heighten your appreciation of Bangkok s palaces, temples, monuments, pavilions, markets, public structures and lots of different old fashioned corners. during this revised variation of the publication, current walks were converted to include Bangkok s non-stop city improvement and new walks extra. Many illustrations have additionally been redrawn to supply a greater appreciation of the development facades.
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Nai Lert Park Shrine 3. Wireless Road 4. British Embassy 5. Royal Netherlands Embassy 6. US Embassy 7. Lumphini Park Seamstress on street Wireless Road KEY 29 Khlong San Sap If you are walking from Chidlom Skytrain station, follow Ploenchit Rd away from the direction of Ratchadamri Rd, then turn left onto Wireless Rd and you will come to the bridge over Khlong San Sap. This canal is an important arterial route and is one of only two major east-west canals that survive in Bangkok. It is a continuation of Khlong Mahanak and runs east through an area of marshland where Rama I banished the Muslim prisoners he captured during one of his southern campaigns — their descendants still live in an enclave on the north bank of the canal, roughly opposite Jim Thompson’s House.
Even though Lumphini Park has lost some of its perimeter to carparks and even a number of ugly buildings, it remains the largest single public green space in the city. It has two boating lakes, islands (some with quaint bridges), as well as several pagodas and pavilions, one of which was built to commemorate King Rama IX’s 72nd birthday. The early morning is the busiest but best time to visit the park, with joggers, hoards of pyjamaclad Chinese practising tai chi chuan, and other visitors enjoying use of the park’s popular outdoor gym.
Charoen Krung Road Haroon Mosque 61 Khlong Padung Krung Kasem Retrace your steps along Charoen Krung Soi 34 and turn left onto Charoen Krung Rd, where the rather imposing looking General Post Ofﬁce will be immediately to your left. Set well back from the road, it’s a large, rather squat-looking building, decorated with reliefs of garudas (mythical beasts: half-bird, half-human), which seem to add to its vaguely fascist air. There is a statue of Rama V in front. Thailand is well-known for its ﬁne stamps, which are avidly collected all over the world; ﬁttingly, a popular Stamp Market (which also sells coins) is held every Sunday outside the General Post Ofﬁce.
A Walking Tour: Bangkok, 2nd Edition (Walking Tour) by Gregory Byrne Bracken