By Gregory Byrne Bracken
This can be Bangkok such as you have by no means noticeable it prior to. the writer takes you on an architectural experience throughout the bustling streets and busy canals of this regal urban. Dr Bracken s well-researched insights and his appealing sketches will heighten your appreciation of Bangkok s palaces, temples, monuments, pavilions, markets, public constructions and lots of different old fashioned corners. during this revised version of the publication, present walks were converted 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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It is a continuation of Khlong Mahanak and runs east through an area of marshland where Rama I banished the Muslim prisoners he captured during one of his southern campaigns — their descendants still live in an enclave on the north bank of the canal, roughly opposite Jim Thompson’s House. The Prathunam district takes its name, which means ‘water gate’, from the canal lock that used to be located here. 30 Khlong San Sap The Chakri dynasty held absolute power for the ﬁrst 150 years of its existence, and it still reigns today in the person of Rama IX.
Take the next left onto Charoen Krung Soi 34 and follow it to the end, past a large school. Wat Muang Kae will be at the end of the soi on your left. Charoen Krung Road Haroon Mosque 61 Khlong Padung Krung Kasem Retrace your steps along Charoen Krung Soi 34 and turn left onto Charoen Krung Rd, where the rather imposing looking General Post Ofﬁce will be immediately to your left. Set well back from the road, it’s a large, rather squat-looking building, decorated with reliefs of garudas (mythical beasts: half-bird, half-human), which seem to add to its vaguely fascist air.
A wooden temple with some ﬁnely carved details, it is well-known for its Phra Bodhisattvakuan-In, a Chinese shrine positioned over a carp pool. When you have ﬁnished wandering the sois between Charoen Krung Rd and the river, return to Charoen Krung Rd and turn left. Follow the road until you come to Soi Oriental (Charoen Krung Soi 40), which will be on your left. Near the end of this soi is the Oriental Hotel on your right. One of the world’s most celebrated hotels, it was established in 1876 by two Danish sea captains, but owes much of its charm to the Sarkies brothers, originally from Armenia, who completely rebuilt it in 1887 to ensure that it was up to the standard of its sister hotels, the E&O in Penang, and the Rafﬂes in Singapore.
A Walking Tour: Bangkok, 2nd Edition (Walking Tour) by Gregory Byrne Bracken