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Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is also the most populated city in the country. It has always been very popular amongst tourists. The city has several attractions including historical & religious sites with beautiful architecture & paintings. Also, there are several palaces, museums, parks, & shopping centers attracting visitors from all places. Wat Phra Sri Rattanasamaram (Phra Kaew), Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangalaram (Wat Pho), Wat Arun Ratchawararam, Phra Bor Banphot (Golden Mountain), The Bangkok National Museum, Museum Siam, Pipit Banglamphu Museum, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Sampeng Market, & Chinatown are some of these.
The Bangkok National Museum
The Bangkok NAtional Museum is also known as the Royal Museum. Built in the year 1887, it is the first museum in Thailand. The museum is located at Boworn Sathan Mongkol Mansion or Wang Na (Front Palace) in the Phra nakhon district. It is a museum of art, archaeology, and ethnology, & history. Exhibitions here are organised into 4 categories - Art History and Archaeology, Thai National History, Thai Minor Arts and Ethnology, & Wang Na Ruins. It remains open from Wednesday -Sunday & on public holidays apart from New Year & Songkran Festival.
Wat Arun Ratchawararam (Temple of Dawn)
Dating back to the Ayutthaya period, Wat Arun is an ancient temple. It is said to be a Royal Temple of King Rama II (also known as King Buddha Loetla Nabhalai of the Chakri Dynasty). The highlight here is its unique architecture. The temple is built using white bricks & has been decorated using several valuable materials including porcelain, seashells, & Benjarong dishes (most of these came from China). Also, there are several noteworthy sculptures here like giants, angels, garuads, & more.
Local Shopping at Khlong San Market
Khlong San Market lies next to Khlong San pier by the Chao Phraya River. It is shopping area operated by the locals for the locals. Here one can explore the latest fashion trends in the city. Clothing shops here offer trendy jeans, knock-off shoes, colorful outfits, & bags. It’s good to bargain here before you buy. After sunset, the market turns busy as locals pick up dinners on their way home or binge on street food. So, do not miss the opportunity to taste some local flavors.
Bangkok❜s Chinatown is a popular shopping & street food destination. It remains crowded during days generally, but things turn better during evening. Take a stroll from Hua Lamphong MRT station to Wat Traimit to see & pay homage to the country❜s biggest gold Buddha statue. In evening, the area is taken over by the stalls set up by various street food vendors. Some worth trying delicacies here are Yen-Ta-Fo, Seafood barbeque, sweet noodle of J Muay, a sweet noodle soup with sweet Red Sauce, Nai-Ek roll noodle, & more. With some Chinese dessert at Kia Meng or Sweettime@Chinatown, you can complete your food excursion.
The average temperature of Thailand ranges in between 18 to 38°C. So, the best time to visit the city of Bangkok is from the months of November to March. The weather is great for strolling around this lively city.
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