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The city of Bangkok is the most populous metropolis of the country of Thailand, and is one of the fastest growing cities in existence today, being both a booming epicenter for commerce as well as a bustling haven of tourist activity. What started out as a small trading port during the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century, Bangkok grew rapidly to be the dwelling place of two major capital cities that eventually merged to form what remains today. Despite Bangkok’s rapid growth and emergence, the rich cultural heritage and Buddhist roots of the city can be glimpsed easily, especially if you take a river-side trip.
Bangkok Riverside is an eclectic place to visit, and should be a priority among things to do in Bangkok city. If you’re looking for accommodation, there is a plethora of options to be found, such as the luxurious and popular AVANI Bangkok Riverside. If you’re looking to witness the Buddhist heritage of the area, there are two main locales that are essential for you to check out, and one of them, is ‘Wat Pho’, which means the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This is one of the largest Buddhist temples in existence and is legendary for containing the massive statue of the Buddha, measuring a staggering forty six metres. In addition to being a Buddhist heritage site, Wat Pho is also considered one of the best places to receive a traditional Thai massage, since it is one of the leading schools of massage in Thailand.
The second aforementioned site is the Wat Arun temple, situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple is absolutely stunning in design, and in terms of design is easily one of the most unique architectural testaments to Buddhist heritage in existence. Despite the name meaning Temple of the Dawn, her beauty truly shines at dusk, when it is lit up by the night-time activities within Bangkok.
So be sure to experience the history and culture of Bangkok by visiting two of her most iconic temples.
Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry. Google+