Named after the Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal, Bangkok’s main greenbelt sprawls around two boating lakes. Dominating the Silom Road corner of the park is a statue of Rama VI.
The best time to visit is early morning, when it is used by Thais for jogging and Chinese for practicing t’ai chi ch’uan. The superstitious can be seen consuming fresh snake blood and bile to keep ill health at bay, purchased from stalls along the park’s northern edge. The park is a relaxing place to stroll and observe elderly Chinese playing chess, and impromptu games of takraw (a type of volleyball in which the hands may not be used).