Old City



Old City

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As the spiritual and historical heart of Bangkok, the Old City is dense with temples and shrines. Known as Rattanakosin, this was the cen ter of the new capital Rama I founded in 1782. Remnants of a defensive wall can be seen between the Golden Mount and Wat Rachanadda. Some of Thailand’s finest Rattanakosin period architecture is within the Old City. The foremost example is the Grand Palace, within which is Wat Phra Kaeo, home of the country’s most venerated image, the Emerald Buddha. South of here is Wat Pho, one of the city’s oldest temples, while to the north lies Sanam Luang (“field of kings”), the site of royal ceremonies. Alongside Sanam Luang, the National Museum contains Southeast Asia’s most impressive artifacts. Two Buddhist universities in temples nearby: Wat Maha that and Wat Bowonniwet. The latter is famed for its murals combining Western and traditional Thai styles.

Sights at a Glance


Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo
Wat Mahathat
Wat Bowonniwet
Wat Rachanadda
Wat Saket and the Golden Mount
Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing
Wat Rachabophit
Wat Rachapradit
Wat Pho

Museums and Galleries

National Museum
National Gallery
Museum of Siam

Notable Roads and Districts

Monk’s Bowl Village
Bamrung Muang Road


Democracy Monument

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