Bangkok is an amazing city full of life. If it is among your plans to visit the capital of Thailand soon, read on, we will discover the essential places that you have to know in this wonderful city.
Bangkok, a cultural city
1. Grand Palace of BangkokGrand Palace - Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH
The Grand Palace is one of those places that impress from the first moment. Its colors and architecture are unique, Like its interesting story. This building complex was the official residence of the King of Thailand since the 18th century.
The construction of this complex began in 1792. The main palace is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, which served as its protector. On the other hand, the rest of the complex is protected by a wall of more than 1,900 meters in length.
2. Wat Arun
It is one of the most popular Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Due to its extraordinary architecture and decorative details, it has also become one of the main tourist attractions of the city.
The history of this important temple dates back to the days when Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand. One of the highlights of Wat Arun is its prang or central tower. It is formed by very steep steps that lead to two terraces located approximately 77 meters high. The beautiful decoration of the temple is made of seashells and porcelain pieces.
3. Golden Buddha
You cannot leave Bangkok without having met the impressive Golden Buddha. It is the most important solid gold statue in the world. It is located in the beautiful Wat Traimit temple.Golden Buddha - McIek
The Golden Buddha weighs more than 5 tons, measures 3 meters and has a formidable history. At the beginning of the decade of the 30s some works were carried out that required the destruction of an old temple located in the Chinatown of Bangkok. The workers found there a statue of a Buddha in golden stucco. Without giving more importance they moved her to a temple of little importance.
For about 20 years, The statue remained under a simple tin roof located at the entrance of the temple. In 1955 a new building was built and the monks decided to move it. In that process the rope that held the statue broke and the statue fell on an area full of mud.
The frightened population fled the place, since that fall on the mud was a bad omen. However, thanks to that fall the plaster cracked and allowed to see the true material of which the Buddha was made: solid gold. It is believed that the statue was covered with plaster so that the Burmese that besieged the city did not steal it. It managed to remain unnoticed for more than 200 years.
4. Vimanmek MansionVimanmek mansion - saiko3p
The Vimanmek Mansion is one of the greatest examples of the effort made by some rulers to introduce western architecture to the country. This beautiful mansion, considered as the largest golden teak building in the world, served as a summer residence for King Rama V and his concubines.
This mansion, from the early twentieth century, was the first building in Thailand to have electricity. As well as one of the first constructions with a bathroom located inside the residence.
The impressive building has 81 rooms and as a curious fact we tell you that To build it, not a single nail was usedAwesome, right?
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Bangkok is a city that is full of monuments, temples, culture and a lot of history. It is an exciting destination that we are sure you will love from the first moment.