The Vibrant Culture of Bangkok – The apple of Thailand’s eye

Buddha Thai Culture Bangkok Thailand Temple

Buddha Thai Culture Bangkok Thailand Temple 

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Bangkok is a brightly lit city that still holds onto its traditions and cultures no matter how fast its cityscape grows.

 

The city
Luxury hotels in Bangkok are scattered about the city, and the temples in Bangkok still amount to higher numbers. Wherever you are in Bangkok, be it near a city centre or a hotel like Chatrium Hotels & Residences, there will be a cultural heritage site within travelling distance.

 

Culture
Every street or square you go to in Bangkok, the culture is evident in the many Buddhist temples you see. If there isn’t a temple, there would still be art that represents the history and roots of Bangkok.

 

Festivals
The festivals in Thailand happen throughout the year, and of them all, the annual religious festivals are the most popular, with people from all over the country coming in to be a part of.

 

When to go
If you want to be a part of the Songkran festival, April is the time to go. Loi Krathong happens in November, which is closely followed by Golden Mount Fair. Bangkok celebrates New Year in style too and the birth dates of the royal family members are national holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+

 

Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok – One of the Largest Open markets in the World

 

Chatuchak Weekend Market Soi

Chatuchak Weekend Market Soi

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Weekend markets are a one of the most popular cultural norms of Thailand, and if you want to experience the biggest of them all, then the Chatuchak Weekend Market is the place to go.

 

History
The Chatuchak Weekend Market has a fairly deep history, since it appeared in 1942. It is a rarity because most of the markets that exist today appeared after the Prime Minister made it mandatory for every province to have a marketplace.

 

Size and Divisions
The market is absolutely massive, and you can only get an idea of its scale by visiting it. There are over 13 categories of goods to be found at the market, and these have been divided into 27 sections in total. You can discover everything from clothing and electronics, to animals and antiques.

 

Night Life
If you wish to experience some of the best nightlife the city has to offer, you can visit the JJ Green which is situated just behind the Chatuchak Market. There are many bars to be found here and they are always buzzing with activity. A visit to JJ Green is highly recommended if you’re staying at one of many a boutique hotel in Bangkok situated nearby, such as Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18.

 

Cuisine
The range of cuisine to experience here is simply astonishing and some of the most popular places include Foontalop, Toh-Plue, and Viva 8.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wat Chana Songkram Bangkok – An Ancient and Enigmatic Temple

Bangkok, Dystrykt Phra Nakhon, Wat Chana Songkhram

Bangkok, Dystrykt Phra Nakhon, Wat Chana Songkhram | 

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Thailand has an intriguing and colourful heritage, one that astonishes and baffled millions of tourists on an annual basis. Where her temples are concerned, one of the most enigmatic is this one.

 

Background
This temple is actually a very common sight in Ratanakosin, and many travel through the temple as a shortcut connecting Khaosan Road to the river. The temple however has a fascinating history that would awe anyone lucky enough to discover it.

 

History
The construction of the temple was never documented, and it is widely believed that this temple was built during the time of the Ayuthaya Kingdom. A group of ‘Mon’ priests were tasked with looking after the temple by the king of that time, and it was they who named the temple ‘Wat Tong Pu’, in their native language.

 

Widespread Beliefs Associated with the Temple
Many believe that worshipping three particular statues at the temple, two belonging to the Buddha and one to Prince Maha Surasinghanat, will result in national peace. It is also believed that worshipping these statues can lead to the accomplishment of one’s goals and the overcoming of their obstacles.

 

Getting There
The temple is easily located, and is situated on Chakkraphong Road, Bang-Lamphu Sub District, Phra Nakhon. If you’re staying at a nearby serviced apartment Bangkok has to offer, such as Chatrium Residence Riverside Bangkok, be sure to explore the temple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+