Undoubtedly, Bangkok has emerged as a tourist spot, not only for the travellers, but also for the backpackers, honeymoon couples, and young individuals too. This beautiful country never ceases to astonish with its colourful culture, captivating beaches, and enigmatic nightlife. If you have to truly experience the culture of Thailand, you have to delve deeper into its history. Here are some of Bangkok’s top cultural attractions that you should visit while taking a trip to the city.
1. Grand Palace
Located in the heart of Bangkok, the Grand Palace is a complex of buildings and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. Since 1782, the palace has been the official abode of the Kings of Siam. The existing monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), currently lives at Chitralada Palace. However, it is still used for official events. Furthermore, every year a number of royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace.
2. Democracy Monument
The Democracy Monument is a public monument, located in the center of Bangkok, capital of Thailand. The monument is the most sought-after tourist’s destinations and is loved by the people across the globe. The monument is roughly a halfway between the temple of the Golden Mount and Sanam Luang.
Popularly known as a red light district, Patpong is internationally located at the heart of Bangkok’s sex industry. It is also an entertainment district in Bangkok, Thailand, catering mainly foreign tourists and expatriates. If you want to get rid of the tension, then this place is a must visit for you.
4. Erawan Shrine
A popular tourist attraction, the Erawan Shrine is a Hindu shrine in Bangkok, which houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu creation god Brahma. The place also showcases the performances by the resident Thai troupes, who are hired by worshippers.
5. Jim Thompson House
The Jim Thompson House is a popular museum in Bangkok, which holds old Thai structures which were collected by the American businessman Jim Thompson from all parts of Thailand in the 1950s and 60s. Moreover, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Bangkok.
6. Wat Benchamabophit
Majorly known as the marble temple, Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram is one of Bangkok’s most beautiful temples and a major tourist attraction in the Bangkok. It effectively features the Bangkok’s ornate style of high gables, stepped-out roofs, elaborate finials and much more.
7. Sanam Luang
Just 1-hour drive from the Bangkok, Sanam Luang is an open field and public square, located just in front of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace. Sanam Luang is situated in the Phra Nakhon district, which is also referred as the historic center of Bangkok.
8. Victory Monument
It is a large military monument in Bangkok, which is just half an hour drive away from the city. The monument is located in Ratchathewi District, northeast of central Bangkok, at the center of a traffic circle.
9. Siam Ocean World
Siam Ocean World is one of the largest aquariums in South East Asia, which covers around 10000 meter square of the area with hundreds of different species on display in the exhibition.
10. Lumphini Park
Lumphini Park is a famous park in Bangkok, which offers rare open public space, trees and playgrounds in the Thai capital and even contains an artificial lake where visitors can rent a variety of boats and enjoy an amazing boating experience. Around the park, there are paths that act as jogging spot for the joggers. However, cycling is only allowable during the daytime between 10 am to 3 pm. Also, smoking is strictly prohibited in the park and even dogs as well.
11. Bangkok National Museum
The Bangkok National Museum is the main branch museum of the National Museums in Thailand, which features exhibits of Thai art and history. On the northwest corner of Sanam Luang square, the museum occupies the former palace of the vice-king (or Front Palace).
12. Dusit Zoo
Located at Khao Din Park in Bangkok’s Dusit District next to the Parliament House Dusit Zoo at Khao Din Park is a city zoo, the oldest zoo of Thailand, which was built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) as his private garden. However, the garden was left unattended for years after the king’s death.
13. Giant Swing
The Giant Swing is a religious structure in Bangkok, which is located in front of Wat Suthat temple. It is one of the prominent tourist attractions, which was formerly used in the old Brahmin ceremony.
14. Soi Cowboy
Soi Cowboy is a red-light district in Bangkok, Thailand that has 40 bars which cater mainly to tourists. It is quite similar to Nana Plaza and Patpong.
15. Golden Buddha (statue)
The world’s largest solid gold statue, The Golden Buddha is located in the temple of Wat Traimit, Bangkok Thailand. It is one of the most sought-after destinations in the city.
16. Baiyoke Tower II
Baiyoke Tower II is an 85-storey; 304 m skyscraper hotel at 222 Ratchaprarop Road is the tallest building in the city. Located in the Ratchathewi district of Bangkok, it comprises the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia and the seventh-tallest all-hotel structure in the world.
17. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is a contemporary arts centre in Bangkok, where art, music, theatre, film, design and cultural/educational events take place. The centre is widely popular and includes commercial art galleries, cafes, bookshops, craft shops and an art library.