The Best Historic Sites You Should Visit in Bangkok

Bangkok is known throughout the world as an exotic Asian destination for the ones that want to have a great time and to take full advantage of their vacation. It is a great place to relax and get away from the stressful routine. However not many people actually realize the historical importance of Ba...

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Bangkok is known throughout the world as an exotic Asian destination for the ones that want to have a great time and to take full advantage of their vacation. It is a great place to relax and get away from the stressful routine. However not many people actually realize the historical importance of Bangkok and the landmarks as well as sites that it has to offer.

That being said, let’s look at some of the best historical sites that you can enjoy during your visit to Bangkok.

The Phra Sumen and Mahakan Forts

These are the last 2 of a total of 14 forts built by Rama I in the 1700s in order to protect Bangkok, the new capital city of Thailand back then.

The 14 forts were initially built to serve as military garrisons and spread out in a way that they could cover the area surrounding Bangkok and properly respond in case of an attack.

Currently these are the only 2 forts that remain out of the original 14, and even though they are undergoing renovation, they are still open to visitors so that foreigners can experience a bit of the traditional Thai military culture.

Kalawar Church

Kalawar Church or Cavalry Church as it translates from Thai, is a rather imposing and impressive catholic church built by the Portuguese in the late 1700s, with the approval and aid of Rama I.

This was a few years after Bangkok was established as being the capital city of Thailand and the church itself is there to promote the idea of a multicultural settling that has been founded on multiple belief systems.

The church is still active to this day, and it is open to tourists and visitors outside of sermons.

Princess Mother Memorial Park

This is a park which was opened in 1997 in order to celebrate the memory of Mae Fa Luang (Mother of us all as it translates from Thai).

The Thai people are deeply protective of the royal family, so much so that one can easily say that they worship them to a certain extent. That being said, it comes as no surprise that the Thais would build a rather impressive, beautiful and relaxing memorial park in honor of the woman that gave birth to 2 kings.

There are a lot of stories and a lot of things that can be learned about the Princess Mother, and each and every Thai that you come into contact with can give reasons to why she is so loved till this day.

Wat Mahathat

The Temple of The Great Relic, as it is known in Thailand, is one of the many Buddhist temples that can be found in Bangkok.

It goes without saying that Buddhist temples are a great tourist attraction, however this temple is a lot less crowded than the rest of them, making it an ideal place to visit and learn a bit about the Buddhist culture in Thailand.

Democracy Monument

Thailand was initially an absolute monarchy, until 1932, when the Siamese Revolution took place. The revolution ended the absolute monarchy and  introduced Siam’s first constitution on June 24, 1932.

The monument itself was commissioned the following year, in 1933, and it was finished in 1939.

It stands tall, commemorating the people that lost their lives while fighting so that the generations that follow will live free lives and have equal rights.

Wat Hua Lampong

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This is not like the other temples that are dotted around Bangkok as it comes with a slightly eerie twist.

This temple was built for a social purpose as visitors can sponsor coffins and even donate small amounts of money for coffins.

These coffins are for the extremely poor and homeless that cannot afford to buy a decent coffin for their relatives or themselves.

Wat Benchamabophit

Known to foreigners as The Marble Temple, this incredibly beautiful and religiously important temple is located in Bangkok, and is available to visit.

The temple itself is made out of marble, with grandiose proportions, beautiful architectural and structural design.

Even though it is an imposing and outstanding temple, it is still relatively unknown to my tourists, making it a lot less crowded than other venues or attractions.

Wat Saket

Also known as “The Golden Mount”, this incredible Buddhist temple sports a gleaming and shiny gold roof, along with a rather dark story.

In the 18th century, it served as the crematorium for plague victims. As a testament to that, a cemetery can be found at the bottom of the man-made hill that this temple stands on.

Something to bear in mind before visiting this temple is the fact that you will have to walk up 300 stairs in order to reach it, so you will require a certain level of fitness to get yourself up there.

The Grand Palace

Out of all the tourist attractions, this is by far the most popular one. It goes without saying that there will always be a crowd of people at the entrance to this palace.

It has been the site for a lot of major political and military decisions that changed the course of Thai history. It is also a great place to learn more about Thai culture and history.

Something to note here is the fact that scammers and thieves tend to take advantage of this crowd, so keep a close eye on your valuables while visiting it.

There are a lot of things to do and see in Bangkok, and if you are among the few that got here to experience the culture and learn about the Thai people, then you can rest assured that Bangkok has something for you as well.

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