Historical Monuments on Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok (2)

   Map of Rattanakosin Island

Map of Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok

6. Wat Suthat, Giant Swing    7. Wat Rachabophit     8. Wat Bowonniwet
9. Golden Mount (Wat Saket)    10.Democracy Monument

Wat Suthat - Giant Swing

Buddha Surrounded by Disciples at Wat Suthat, Bangkok

Wat Suthat

Wat Suthat houses well known wall paintings (although rapidly deteriorating, with the best preserved ones high up the walls) and statues of Buddha surrounded by his disciples. There are some marvellous mother of pearl decorations on the doors.
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Giant Swing, Bangkok

Giant Swing, adjacent to Wat Suthat

Closeby is a large square, with the Giant Swing, on which quite a few young men lost their live, before its use was prohibited. City Hall, a rather drab building is on the opposite site.

Wat Ratchabophit

Wat Ratchabophit, Bangkok

Wat Ratchabophit

Wat Ratchabophit is within close distance of the more visited Wat Pho. It has its own distinctive architectural style, small, with European influenced inside decorations.
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Golden Mount (near Wat Saket)

Golden Mount is most suitable for a visit in the late afternoon. Close to sunset, the light conditions are marvellous arond the gilded Chedi. Although only modestly elevated above the city, it offers a good view of the surroundings.

Golden Mount, Wat Saket, Bangkok

Golden Mount

Wat Bowonniwet

Wat Bowonniwet, Bangkok

Wat Bowonniwet

As most other large temple complexes, Wat Bowonniwet offers, besides the religious buildings, gardens and greenery, and a possibility to get away from Bangkok's stiffling heat and congestion. An unusually large number of cats seem also to have found a home here.

Democracy Monument

Democracy Monument, Bangkok

Democracy Monument at Night

Democracy Monument was erected to commemorate the transition from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy in 1932.

Visit Also Page 1 of Historical Monuments of Rattanakosin Island

More history and historical monuments of Thailand :
Ban Chiang Culture | Dvaravati Culture and Art | The Khmer Empire in Thailand | The Kingdom of Sukhothai | The Kingdom of Ayutthaya | With Bangkok as the Capital : Rattanakosin Period 1 | Rattanakosin Period 2 | Outside Rattanakosin

Historical Parks of Thailand :Sukhothai | Si Satchanalai | Kamphaeng Phet