Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Banglamphu

Wat Suthat

Other than being just plain huge and impressive, Wat Suthat also holds the highest royal temple grade. Inside the wí·hăhn (sanctuary for a Buddha sculpture) are intricate Jataka (stories of the Buddha) murals and th…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Banglamphu

Golden Mount & Wat Saket

Even if you're wát-ed out, you should tackle the brisk ascent to the Golden Mount (Phu Khao Thong). Serpentine steps wind through an artificial hill shaded by gnarled trees, and past graves and pictures of wealthy b…
Museum in Banglamphu

King Prajadhipok Museum

This museum assembles old photos and memorabilia to illustrate the rather dramatic life of Rama VII (King Prajadhipok; r 1925–35), Thailand's last absolute monarch. It occupies a grand neocolonial-style building con…
Buddhist Temple in Banglamphu

Golden Mount

Even if you're wát-ed out, you should tackle the brisk ascent to the Golden Mount. Serpentine steps wind through an artificial hill shaded by gnarled trees, some of which are signed in English, and past graves and p…
Buddhist Temple in Banglamphu

Wat Bowonniwet

Founded in 1826, Wat Bowonniwet (known colloquially as Wat Bowon) is the national headquarters for the Thammayut monastic sect, a reformed version of Thai Buddhism. The rest of us should visit the temple for the not…
Area in Banglamphu

Thanon Bamrung Meuang Religious Shops

The stretch of Th Bamrung Meuang (one of Bangkok’s oldest streets and originally an elephant path leading to the Grand Palace) from Th Mahachai to Th Tanao is lined with shops selling all manner of Buddhist religiou…
Buddhist Temple in Banglamphu

Wat Saket

Wat Saket contains murals that are among both the most beautiful and the goriest in the country; proceed directly to the pillar behind the Buddha statue for explicit depictions of Buddhist hell.
Gallery in Banglamphu

Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center

This new, three-storey structure hosts changing exhibitions of mixed-media contemporary domestic art.
Monument in Banglamphu

Sao Ching-Cha

This spindly red arch – a symbol of Bangkok – formerly hosted a Brahman festival in honour of Shiva, in which participants would swing in ever higher arcs in an effort to reach a bag of gold suspended from a 15m-hig…
Area in Banglamphu

Ban Baat

The residents of Ban Baat inhabit the only remaining village of three established in Bangkok by Rama I (King Phraphutthayotfa Chulalok; r 1782–1809) to produce bàht, the distinctive bowls used by monks to receive mo…