Lumphini Park in Bangkok
Lumphini Park in Bangkok is a green oasis in the center of Bangkok, the largest park in the capital. Lumpini is named after the birthplace of Buddha (Nepal). The park is quite recommended to visit if you are tired of dust and noise, if you want to "communicate with the trees" and relax.
At the same time you will be in the heart of Bangkok, where nearby shopping centers Silom, Siam Paragon, Central World (you can combine a visit to the park with shopping or the oceanarium). In the evening, immerse yourself in the nightlife of Bangkok on nearby Patpong Street.
The park was erected in the 1920s by decree of King Rama VI. The idea of erecting a park in the center of the city was based on the desire to make a comfortable and peaceful place for citizens to relax and do sports. The ruler's order was carried out, and today, it is 57 hectares of recreation.
How to get there
The park is located on Rama IV Road in Pathumwan. You can get there by: Skytrain (BTS) - Sala Daeng station, Underground Railroad (MRT) - Silom station (SiLom); if you get off at Lumphini station, the park is across the street.
Cab, for example from Khao San Roud for 90 baht ($3), bus number 4, 13, 22, 45, 46, 47, 109, 115, 141, 149. From Siam Paragon or Central World to the park is quite possible on foot - just 5 minutes.
Features of the park
In front of the entrance, there is a monument to one of the kings of the Chakri dynasty and many vendors offering sweets, soft drinks, fruit and souvenirs. Entrance to Lumpini Park is free, guarded, and a diagram of the park at the entrance. The park is open from 04:30 to 21:00.
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When there are holidays in Bangkok, Lumpini hosts events: a stage is set up and performers of different nationalities perform on it. From time to time, there are dance parties.
The most revered object in the park is the statue of King Rama IV (1851-1868). At the foot of the statue is a scattering of fresh flowers. People worship the statue almost every day with bunches of flowers.
Note that to stand on the pedestal of the figure, you must remove your shoes, as when visiting temples.
Locals in the park do: tai chi, yoga, meditation, lots of runners and skaters. At 5 or 6 p.m., there are always free sports training sessions with cheerful music for everyone to enjoy for free. In the evening, the number of visitors supporting a healthy lifestyle is many times greater. And the age does not matter at all: you can meet both seniors and very young children. On weekends, people come here with their families and organize picnics right on the lawns.
Two alleys lead deep into Lumpini Park: the first to the lake with birds and fish. On the lake you can ride on a catamaran, a boat (40 baht ($1.1) for half an hour + deposit 40 baht ($1.1)) and feed the fish, which in the lake a lot (feed can be purchased locally for 10 baht). The second, leads to the lawn, where among the vegetation, there is a stage for performances, which are organized shows on weekends and holidays.
There is also a small river in the park. On one of the banks there is a playground for children. There are a variety of swings, sandpits, and ladders.
Nearby there is a small lake, and a gazebo in the shade, where parents mostly relax, looking after their children. The only disadvantage of the Lumpini Oasis is the heat of the day.
In the farthest corner from the entrance there is a meadow with rare species of trees and bushes. The name of each plant can be read on a plaque. Central Park in Bangkok also attracts the attention of tourists, the presence of varans. Look for them better by the water. Sometimes they crawl into the trees and watch everyone from a height, so be careful.
It is forbidden in the park:
- Come with dogs, even if they are muzzled and leashed.
- Smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages.
For violations of the rules of conduct in the park, you have to pay a fine of 2000 baht, about $60.