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Top 5 Historical Places in Bangkok – Explore the City's Rich History

Bangkok is rich in culture and history that once you arrive to this Asian gem, you won't know which attraction to visit first! This is a list of city's historical places you should definitely visit.


Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw

The Grand Palace is a must see attraction in Bangkok and it has been noted as one of the city's most popular landmarks. The Palace was built in 1782 and was originally home to the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of the government for more than 150 years. The Grand Palace is home to Wat Phra Kaew and other impressively significant buildings in Thailand. Wat Phraw Kaew is quite commonly referred to as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is known to house a statue of an emerald Buddha from the 14th century. As this is a historical and religious structure, those visiting the Grand Palace are requested to dress modestly, covering their ankles and wrists. Bare feet are not allowed on the premises of this sacred site, and visitors are encouraged to wear socks before taking off their flip flops or shoes.


Wat Arun

Quite commonly known as The Temple of Dawn, the gold towering spires of this temple are the most recognized landmarks in the city and definitely the most stunning. This gleaming structure looks iridescent against the majestic Chao Phraya River. The temple's prang reaches a height of 80 meters and is decorated in Chinese porcelain. The Emerald Buddha was originally held here, before the Palace and the country's capital was moved across the river. The temple was built when Ayutthaya was the country's capitcal city and was originally named as Wat Makok; which translates to Olive Temple. Following the era King Taksin, the name was altered to Wat Chaeng when Thonburi was the named capital. It was in 1784; during the reign of King Rama II that Wat Arunratchatharam was named. Work done during his reign to broaden the central prang was completed by King Rama III and IV, where the name Wat Arunratchawararam stuck till today.


Chao Phraya

The Chao Phraya River was often referred to as the Venice of the East and the River of Kings, as it offers majestic views of historic landmarks, floating markets and a chance to cruise through shimmering waters while enjoying a meal. A cruise along Chao Phraya is a great way to soak in the sights and sounds of Bangkok. King Rama I was said to have named the Chao Phraya River as it is the lifeline of Bangkok city and many people that lives by its banks and various khlongs. Along the river, you will also be able to find a number of accommodation options such as Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites bordering the banks while offering unhindered and amazing views of the city. If you're looking for some hotel offers in Bangkok, you'll find a number of properties offering some great deals!


Wat Benchamabophit

Wat Benchamabophit is known as the Marble Temple by many, and is of significant importance, as it has been classified as a first class Royal Temple. The temple; along with Royal Palaces and mansions like Ananta Samakhom, Abhisek Throne and the Vimanmek Royal Mansion was built around the latter half of the 19th century by King Chulalongkorn the Great; also known as Rama V. The temple showcases an outsanding example of Thailand's beautiful architecture, complete with its multi tiered roofs and intricate gold carvings. The marble shines in the sunlight and is the most breathtaking site. The entrance of the temple is guarded by large statues of stone lions.


Jim Thompson's House

The Jim Thompson House was built by an architect who was famed for his love of the South east. Having settled down in Thailand, he built this house to honour his undying love for Thai art, architecture and style. The teakwood villa holds a massive collection of various antiques and almost resembles a museum. He was famous for trying to revive the local silk while he stayed in the city. The disappearance of Jim Thompson in the thick jungle of Malaysia in 1967, however, still remains a mystery even today.

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