A Walking Tour: Bangkok, 2nd Edition (Walking Tour) by Gregory Byrne Bracken

By Gregory Byrne Bracken

This can be Bangkok such as you have by no means visible it ahead of. the writer takes you on an architectural experience during the bustling streets and busy canals of this regal urban. Dr Bracken s well-researched insights and his attractive sketches will heighten your appreciation of Bangkok s palaces, temples, monuments, pavilions, markets, public structures and plenty of different old fashioned corners. during this revised version of the booklet, present walks were changed to include Bangkok s non-stop city improvement and new walks additional. Many illustrations have additionally been redrawn to supply a greater appreciation of the development facades.

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This small but busy market is open every day, and it supplies many of the nearby hotels with fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood. It also has a fabric and clothes section. Wat Suan Phu Wander the sois between Charoen Krung Rd and the river at will. In the reign of Rama V, sections of the old city wall were demolished to provide foundations for roads, this being the first of them. Loathe to see all traces of the city walls vanish, Rama V preserved two of the original 14 fortified towers: Mahakath Fort near the Golden Mount, and Phra Sumen Fort on Phra Athit Rd are still standing today.

Located on either side of Silom Soi 9 (Soi Suksa Witthaya), which is the next left after Narathiwatratchanakharin Rd, are Christian cemeteries. Rundown but charming, these used to be the property of Assumption Cathedral, which is located not too far away, just off Soi Oriental (Charoen Krung Soi 40). Burials were active since the 1950s, but new zoning laws in the 1990s forbade this in central Bangkok, which also means that all existing remains will have to be exhumed and interred elsewhere eventually.

Thailand is well-known for its fine stamps, which are avidly collected all over the world; fittingly, a popular Stamp Market (which also sells coins) is held every Sunday outside the General Post Office. Continue along Charoen Krung Rd and take the second soi on the left which is Charoen Krung Soi 30. Just at the point where this soi veers sharply to the right you will see the Portuguese Chancellery. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to trade with Siam, which they did from their base at House, Charoen Krung Soi 30 62 Malacca in Malaysia around the early 16th century.

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