Top 5 Attractions in Bangkok
Bangkok is one of the most scintillating and biggest cities in Asia and in the world. It has more than nine million inhabitants and lately, its intense heat and heavy traffic congestion have become a cause of worry to the city lovers. However, once you get used to it you will undoubtedly start enjoying your stay in one of the Bangkok Hotels.
Here are the top 5 attractions in Bangkok
Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw
The construction of Grand Palace began in 1782, the same year when the earlier Siam capital was shifted to Bangkok from Thonburi. The Thailand Kings used this palace as home until the King Ananda Mahidol's mysterious death in 1946. The brother of the King –Bhumibol Adulyadej succeeded him and moved to the Chitralada Palace permanently. As of today, the palace is one of the major attractions for tourists in the city. The palace compound comprises of a royal temple-Wat Phra Kaew and is home to the world famous Emerald Statue. This jade adorned statue with gold clothing is held in high esteem all over Thailand.
Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
This is another famous Buddha statue and is also one of the biggest and oldest temples in the city of Bangkok. It was constructed around 200 years before Bangkok became the capital city of Thailand. The temple has the distinction of having the largest Reclining Buddha in the country and also the largest Buddha images in Thailand. The Buddha statue is plated with gold and is 15 meters high and 46 meters long.
This is an eight-storied market and was opened in 1990. It is the most prominent shopping center for middle class shoppers in Bangkok and the tourists. It is placed just opposite to the upper class market-Siam Paragon. The shopping center had to face the damage and destruction at the hands of anti government protestors in 2010. The market complex was reopened after a couple of months after restoration.
Wat Arun is situated on the Chao Phraya River along the Thonburi side. Also known as the Temple of Dawn, it is the best and the oldest known tourist attractions in the city of Bangkok. The temple architecturally represents the Mount Meru, which is considered the center of the entire universe according to the Buddhist cosmology. The place offers the best view when the sun sets in the evening.
Jim Thompson's House
Jim Thompson was an infamous operative of the CIA and is given the credit of reviving the Thai silk industry during the latter part of World War II. The Jim Thompson's house has been created assembling six traditional Thai-styled houses. Thompson was a great collector of the Southeast Asian art and you can view his collection during a guided tour of the building.
With so many wonderful places to visit, Bangkok truly comes across as a vibrant and colorful city. However, it is also famous for the elite class and budget Bangkok hotels and you will never have any problem finding an accommodation suited to your requirement.