National Library


The country’s largest repository of books has few foreign-language resources, but its strength is in its astrological books and star charts. The collection also holds recordings by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, sacred palm-leaf writings and ancient maps.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Bangkok attractions

1. Thewet Market

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This busy wet market is a prime place to study the mind-boggling array of local culinary produce that embodies the essence and identity of Bangkok's…

2. Wat Thevarat Kunchorn

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The origins of this riverside Buddhist temple located near Thewet Pier date back to pre-Ratanakosin days, but it was successively built upon and renovated…

3. Rama V Memorial

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The bronze figure on horseback is Rama V (King Chulalongkorn; r 1868–1910), the monarch widely credited for steering the country into the modern age and…

4. Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall

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The domed neoclassical building behind the Rama V Memorial was originally built as a royal reception hall during the reign of Rama V, but wasn't completed…

5. Dusit Palace Park

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Following his first European tour in 1897, Rama V (King Chulalongkorn; r 1868–1910) returned with visions of European castles and set about transforming…

6. Wat Benchamabophit

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You might recognise this iconic temple from its impression on the back of the ubiquitous Thai 5B coin. Also referred to as the Marble Temple, it was…

8. Wat Bowonniwet

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Founded in 1826, Wat Bowonniwet (known colloquially as Wat Bowon) is the national headquarters for the Thammayut monastic sect, a reformed version of Thai…