24 Hours in Bangkok
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, otherwise known simply as Bangkok, is the capital city of Thailand and one of the most intriguing cities you will ever see or hear of. With some of its history dating as far back as the 1700s, Bangkok is teeming with culture, history and beauty.Here is a list of places that truly symbolise the culture of Bangkok, should you find yourself here for 24 hours.
1. Princess Mother Memorial Park
Located in the Khlong San district of Bangkok, the Princess Mother Memorial Park is a stunning garden with an endearing background story; it is dedicated to the late Princess Mother, who was known to locals as ‘Mae Fu Luang’, or ‘Mother of us all’ and as a patron of many foundations and charities that aimed to help the poor and disadvantaged. There are two exhibition halls that display her life , a lovely statue that depicts the Princess Mother sitting on a bench smiling kindly, a reconstruction of her childhood house, as well as a shop that sells products manufactured by her many projects.
2. Kuan Ou Shrine
Close to the memorial park is the shrine dedicated to the Chinese Goddess of mercy, Kuan Ou. The building itself is magnificent; rising 3 storeys high, it is lavishly decorated with bright colours and sweeping golden edges, in a style that will only be seen in this part of the world.
3. Wat Pho Temple
Situated adjacent to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is a Buddhist temple famed for its glorious centrepiece; the golden reclining Buddha statue. The temple is also considered to be the founding place of traditional Thai massage and is home to one of the oldest schools in Thailand. There is so much to be found in this temple; from the 108 ‘auspicious’ symbols on the bottom of the Buddha image’s feet, the 108 bowls depicting those images, the fully-functioning monastery, chedis (containers) containing the ashes of past royalty and a garden, of which has a tree that is believed to have been propagated from the original tree where the Buddha himself searched for enlightenment.
4. Grand Palace
The Grand Palace in all its majesty will steal your heart and take your breath away; situated in the middle of Bangkok, this building is a prime example of an awe-inspiringly beautiful cultural building. Built in 1782, it once housed the royal family and is now open to visitors that flock from countries all over the world to marvel at the lavish architecture.
5. Baiyoke Tower
The Baiyoke Tower is the tallest skyscraper in the city and is one of the largest hotel structures in the world. On the 77 floor is an observatory, of which is open to the public and on the 83 and 84 floor is a prestigious music lounge and bar and 360 degree revolving observation deck.
6. Traditional Dancing
In the grounds of the Chitralada Palace, dancers that are clothed in exquisite costumes perform the most spellbinding dances that tell intricate stories. Many styles are showcased throughout the day at different times so you can be sure that you won’t miss out on this outstanding spectacle.
7. Travel in a Tuk-Tuk
An interesting way to get around the city is to travel in these interesting little vehicles. Found throughout Asia, tuk-tuks are two-wheeled, two-handled open cars that enable one to experience the unique atmosphere whilst conveniently darting around the city.