Bangkok is ranked as the no. 1 most visited city in the world. This comes as no surprise since the city and Thailand in general has a lot to offer visitors of all ages and varying interests.
Culture and history buffs, for one, will definitely enjoy discovering the many places and experiences that tell Thailand’s story. In fact, you can visit five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country and attend countless festivals as well.
There are various cultural attractions in the capital city of Bangkok alone. That’s why it’s smart to pick a centrally located home base. Try looking for a Thammasat Rangsit accommodation, which you’ll find quite convenient. From this university area, you can easily access cultural attractions such as the ones listed below.
Located at Maha Rat Road
If you’re in the market for the trendiest talismans, you can find them here in the footpaths that run along Maha Rat and Th Phra Chan streets. It’s a fascinating marketplace frequented by men with dangerous professions looking for amulets to protect them. Indeed, it’s another side to Bangkok that few tourists are even aware of.
King Chulalongkorn Memorial Exhibition
Located in the Thawornwatthu Building at Thanon, Na Phra That Alley
Learn about Thailand’s beloved King Rama V in this museum built to commemorate his life and reign. There are a total of 7 halls to explore, and you only need an hour for this tour. It’s a great addition to your itinerary, especially if you’re visiting the more famous National Museum and Grand Palace that are also located within the vicinity.
The Bangkok National Museum
Located at the Na Phra That Alley
What culture-centric trip is complete without a visit to the country’s national museum? The Bangkok National Museum is one of the largest museums in Southeast Asia, so you need to allot at least half a day for a full experience.
The building stands in what used to be the 18th century Wang Na Palace and was opened to the public by King Rama V. The museum holds some of the most important Thai artifacts and antiquities. Collections including ancient weapons, treasures, art pieces, and more that tell not just the history of Thailand but its surrounding neighbors as well.
Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of Emerald Buddha
Located at Na Phra Lan Rd
While there are a lot of temples you can visit in Bangkok, the Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram is a must-see. Locals regard this temple as the most important in the country since it’s the home to their most revered Emerald Buddha. What’s more, the temple itself features awe-inspiring murals and ornate architectural details unique to Thailand.
The Grand Palace
Located at Na Phra Lan Rd
One of Thailand’s most visited sites is the Grand Palace. The palace is actually a complex with numerous buildings housing the royal offices and is only partially open to the public. It was built in 1782 and spans 218,000 square meters. As such, you would need comfortable shoes for a day of walking around the palace’s majestic courtyards and gardens. Take note that entering the palace grounds will require that you follow the strict dress code.
Wat Ratchabopit or the Royal Cemetery
Located at Khet Phra Nakhon
As long as you’re visiting the Grand Palace, why not take the time to visit the Royal Cemetery as well? This cemetery includes a historic temple built by Rama V during Thailand’s golden age. On the west of the temple, the mausoleums of the royal family can be found, beguiling visitors with their intriguing mix of western and Thai architecture.
As the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized, Thailand has managed to preserve its unique identity. It’s clearly and proudly displayed in their religion, arts, architecture, and traditions. Indeed, visitors are fortunate to get the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy these cultural treasures that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.