Chatuchak weekend market is a heaven for shoppers, especially if they are ready to bargain! The plant market is held every Wednesday and Thursday, while on the weekend, Chatuchak becomes the biggest market in Thailand when over 8,000 vendors from all over the country converging in a single area. Read more
Wat Pho is situated behind the Grand Palace, near the Tha Tien Pier. It is a large temple that was originally called Wat Photharam and was built during the Ayutthaya Period. King Rama I ordered its complete restoration in 1789 and installed many Buddha images that were removed from abandoned temples in other parts of the country. Read more
The Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun is name after the Indian god of dawn, Aruna. It is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. King Taksin chose this 17th century Wat for his royal temple and palace. The temple was formerly known as Wat Makok and renamed to Wat Jaeng, literally means Temple of Dawn, when he restored it. Read more
Formerly this area was gardens and fields called Phayathai Field. King Rama V ordered a new residence to be built here for both relaxation and conducting agricultural experiments. The Royal Ploughing Ceremony was held at this palace several times.After King Rama V passed away.Queen Saovabha moved to take up residence here. King Rama VI later ordered the building of five Western- style throne halls.
On their completion, King Rama VI named the palace Phayathai Royal Palace and moved Dusit Thani, a model city established by the King to introduce the Thai people to democracy, into the palace compound.
During the reign of King Rama VII, the State Railways of Thailand asked Royal permission to turn the palace into the Phayathai Hotel. When radio broadcasting was introduced, the Phayathai Palace became the Bangkok Radio Broadcasting Station.
The palace was later presented to the Royal Thai Army to be used as a hospital. Today, it is part of King Mongkut Hospital, Some of the old buildings now are being maintained by the Department of Fine Arts, but the modil city of Dusit Thani no larger exsits. Hours of Operation: Saturday 9.30-1.30 p.m.