Arts & Museums
Bangkok is a mixture of West and East, the ancient and the modern. There are a lot of places to see in Bangkok. But the most famous attractions are in the Rattanakosin area.
National MuseumIt is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, shelters Thailand’s artistic treasures from prehistoric to contemporary. It opens on Wednesday-Sunday at 9am.-4pm.
Vimanmek MansionIt is the biggest golden teakwood building in the world, was built in 1901 by King Rama 5 (1868-1910) as a royal residence. Vimanmek Mansion is the largest residence in Dusit Garden. Its elaborate architectural style reflects a western influenceIt is called “Marble Temple” highlights the beauty of white Carana Italian marble.
Sanam LuangSanam Luang is a popular place where events take place throughout the year in Bangkok. It’s an open field, located right in the heart of the old town of Bangkok, Ko Rattanakosin, next to the Grand Palace.
Around March, you can see lots of people flying kites here. There are also many royal ceremonies that take place here, like the Ploughing Ceremony in May. This is a Brahmin ceremony that is meant to ensure a good rice harvest.
Giant SwingGiant Swing is the more-than-200-year-old in front of Wat Suthat was used in the Brahmin swing ceremony in former times. But today it is no longer used.
The two pillars of the swing represent the mountains on either side of the sea, while the circular base represent the earth and the seas. The ritual calls for the participants (naliwan who represent the nagas, to swing back and forth on a specially constructed board calling the gods to witness the event.
Royal Barge MuseumHouses several royal barges used in royal ceremonial processions in the river.Royal Barges are fantastically ornamented boats used in ceremonial processions on the river. The largest is fifty meters long and required a rowing crew of fifty, plus seven men, tow navigators, a flagman, a rhythm-keeper and chanter.