The Temple of Emerald Buddha – The Glorious Wat Phra Kaew

Now popularized by its English name, the Temple of the Emerald Budha, Wat Phra Kaew is considered the most sacred of all the Buddhist temples, known as Wats, in Bangkok.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha| Img by: Sodacan via Wikimedia CommonsCC BY-SA 3.0

The Library

The temple compound is renowned for the spectacular craftsmanship and the exquisite materials of the many structures that are found within it. The library was built at the behest of Rama I and was designed according to traditional Thai styles. The doors are made of Mother of Pearl.

Elephant Statues

One can find beautiful statues of elephants placed throughout the temple complex. The elephant is a sign of power and independence, and it is common for Thai parents to make their children walk around an elephant or elephant statue three times in hopes it will bring them strength.

Hermit Statue

This particular statue is believed to have healing properties, and many visitors offer their respects to the statue and give various offerings in the form of incense sticks, fruit and flowers.

Eight Towers

Each of these towers is of a different colour and represents the eight aspects of Buddhism, which form the noble eightfold path. These structures were also built by Rama I and are spectacular, constantly attracting travellers staying in nearby accommodation such as Adelphi Forty-Nine, one of many providers of serviced apartments in Bangkok.

 

 

 

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Benjasiri Park, Bangkok – An Ideal Spot to Unwind

The Benjasiri Park is quite a popular park with locals and tourists alike who visit to either get some fresh air and exercise or to simply wander through the winding paths.

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Background

The park stretches over almost 11.6 acres of land and was built to commemorate the sixtieth birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit in 1992. Known also as the Queen’s Park, it features an ornamental lake surrounded by contemporary sculptures by local artists.

Location

The park is located in downtown Bangkok, on Sukhumvit Road between Soi 22 and 24. It can be easily accessed by nearby hotels and serviced apartments in Bangkok including the likes of Chatrium Residence Riverside Bangkok.

Things to Do

There is no end to the activities one can do while here. From winding tracks for jogging, a swimming pool and basketball courts to a skating rink, this park is quite a popular hangout with youngsters. Water fountain shows can also be watched at various time slots throughout the day. It also happens to be a great place for a picnic with family and friends.

Best Time to Visit

While the park remains a popular place to visit throughout the day, the best times would be early morning or towards the evening as it can get quite hot during the afternoons.

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Bangkok’s Infamous Floating Markets – Markets, Unlike Any Other

One of the main attractions of Bangkok is its shopping options. From malls to street markets, the shopping experience of Bangkok is simply in a class of its own. However, there is one other shopping option that, although not as popular, is sure to impart on you a great shopping and cultural experience – the floating markets.

Bangkok’s Floating Markets

Bangkok has many canals flowing through the city, which make excellent sites for floating markets. There are as many as seven floating markets in Bangkok; Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market, Tha Kha Floating Market, Taling Chan Floating Market, Amphawa Floating Market, and Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market. There are many tours to these floating markets on offer and visiting the floating markets is an exciting activity to engage in if you are staying in serviced apartments in Bangkok, such as those at the Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites.

How do they operate?

Floating markets operate by way hundreds of vendors of boats flocking to a designated area on the banks on the canals. These vendors bring with them all sorts of goods and items and sell them at very cheap prices. The notion of floating markets, as they operate in Bangkok, is rather unique to the culture of Bangkok and you can be assured that you will not experience a similar atmosphere anywhere else.

What’s on offer?

The Bangkok floating markets are notorious for selling a wide range of snacks, produce, and items. Undoubtedly, some the best produce, fruits & vegetables, in Bangkok can be found at the floating markets. Some floating markets, especially the Amphawa Floating Market, are known for selling delicious snacks, treats, and sweets. Additionally, you can even find things like cheap clothing, local art, handicrafts, and an array of trinkets and cheap fashion items too.

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