TOUR OF BANGKOK
TOUR AROUND THE OLD CITY OF BANGKOK
Bangkok old city (Rattanakosin)
Bangkokís old city rests parallel to Chao Phraya River, just north of Chinatown . For decades Bangkok's main areas have evolved under the influence of westernisation to encapsulate contemporary culture with its high rise buildings, luxury condominiums and megamalls. But the old city has kept its historical perspective and the sprit of thai people at heart. By not constructing modern high rise structures all the temples, palaces and ancient buildings can be seen in all their glory. Old Bangkok is a must for visitors wanting to experience Thailandís rich cultural heritage and history. One of the most beautiful and culturally significant sights is the Grand Palace, which includes the Wat Phra Kaew, the most scared temple in all of Thailand. Other important temples worth seeing and exploring are Wat Pho and Wat Arun.
Must see attractions:
The Grand Palace is easily the most famous and momentous landmark in the country, and has served as the official residence of the king of Thailand since the 18th century. The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings that covers 218,400 square meters and is surround by four walls, which are 1,900 metres in length and were built in 1782. Within these walls there are government offices and the temple Wat Pho, which houses the emerald Buddha and royal residence housing. However the true wonders of the Grand Palace lie in its incredible and extremely creative architecture that will leave you in awe.
The temple Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the temple of the emerald Buddha, is the temple where most Thaiís come to worship in Thailand. Enshrined in this temple is the majestic emerald Buddha that sits in the meditating position, standing 45 cm tall it is carved from a single block of jade. It is also covered by a cloak of pure gold that gets changed three times a year corresponding to the summer, winter and rainy seasons. This ritual has great significance in the changing of the robes and can only be performed by His Majesty the King Of Thailand.
The Bangkok National Museum has the largest and most signifcant collection of Thai art and artifacts in the whole of thailand. The museum was established by King Rama V around his private collection of gifts and antiquities from his father King Rama IV. Other exhibits of interest include a funeral chariot hall, featuring carriages used for royal cremations, and many excellent examples of Thai architecture. These include the Buddhaisawan chapel, a teak or 'red' house called Tam Nak Deang and various beautiful pavilions. Free English-language tours given by volunteers are available and also conducted in German ( Thursdays ) , French and Japanese ( Wednesdays ) .