Royal Palace, Emerald Buddha and other attractions of Bangkok
Many tourists, arriving in Thailand, regardBangkok is exclusively as a transit point for trips to the coast or to the islands. But in vain, because in the capital of Thailand has something to see. In Bangkok, there are many temples worthy of admiration, palaces surprising with their architectural style, boldly skyrocketing skyscrapers, labyrinths of narrow ancient streets, canals, parks and chic shopping centers. But first things first.
First of all, you need to make a reservation: no graying of old in Bangkok you will not find. The city was founded in 1782 by King Rama I. When the Laotians attacked the north of the country and plundered the capital city of Ayutthaya, the king moved the capital of the kingdom of Siam to the banks of the Chaopraya River. And Bangkok, called the City of Angels, arose. And since the river in this place is poured into many sleeves, the first townspeople settled in houses on stilts, and along the streets-canals they moved by boats. Bangkok for a long time called "Asian Venice" - so similar was the way of life of the townspeople to the way of life in the Queen of the Adriatic. Therefore, the klongs (canals) are in themselves the sights of Bangkok. Streets began to pave only in the second half of the XIX century, but in the riverine area, the clones still remained. It's good to take a ride on them by public transport - a long boat, and watch the everyday life of the townspeople, who used to live in wooden houses on stilts. By the way, on the boat you can get to the Bo Bae market.
The main attractions of Bangkok, as inall cities are concentrated in its oldest part. In Bangkok, this is the Rattanakosin area. It can be recognized immediately by a huge accumulation of gold spiers of "Watts" (Buddhist temples-monasteries). Acquaintance with the old Bangkok is advised to begin with a visit to the Royal Palace. Although the royal family does not live here, however, out of respect for the king, it is required to follow the dress code: closed shoulders and knees. If you get out of the house wearing a T-shirt in straps or shorts, do not rush to buy shirts and trousers / skirts at the sellers crowding at the entrance: next to the cash register there is a rental room for appropriate clothing, where you can take the necessary thing for free (only with bail). The palace is a whole complex of buildings, consisting of living quarters and pavilions, as well as from the most sacred temple of the country - Wat Phra Kaew. In it there is a statue of the Emerald Buddha, made of a single piece of jade. The statue is not allowed to approach anyone except the king, who himself changes the Buddha's garment three times a year.
The following attractions of Bangkok - WatPho and a huge statue of the Reclining Buddha - are located near the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple in the city, and the figure of Buddha, 46 m long and 15 m high, covered with gold leaf, is impressive. At Wat Pho there is also the oldest school of massage. We advise you not to regret money and enjoy a professional massage here. Opposite Wat Pho, on the other side of the river, is Wat Arun (the temple of the Morning Dawn). He has extremely beautiful spiers that look equally luxurious both at dawn, at sunset, and at night illumination. And in Wat Traimit there is the Golden Buddha - a statue of pure gold, which is more than 700 years old. This sculpture is quite an interesting story: to protect the statue from the Burmese attacks, it was covered with plaster in 1767. The Burmese killed the monks, but they did not touch the statue of Buddha. Two centuries it was in plaster, and only in 1955 by sheer accident (during transportation to the temple of Bangkok, it fell and a piece of gypsum flew off) to all the golden core opened. This is the largest statue of the Buddha in gold (5 tons). The pieces of gypsum are also on display.
But the attractions of Bangkok - is not onlytemples and palaces. Look in Chinatown, the Chinese quarter, which is a continuous market. It's always crowded, fun, especially in the days of celebrating the Chinese New Year and at the vegetarian festival in October.
Night markets and shops in Bangkok are just a paradise forshopaholics. You can wander all day on the similar shopping malls Ma Bun Krong (IMC), Emporium, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon and the recently opened shopping center Central World.