On Sunday, I took part in the latest Bangkok Car Free Sunday event. This is a monthly activity where people are encouraged to use alternative transport. During each event, the organizers take groups of cyclists to explore different areas around Bangkok. This month we went to Thonburi.
The bicycle tour started under the Memorial Bridge (A). There are bicycles here that you can borrow for free seven days a week. Just show your passport. A short distance away is Santa Cruz Church (B). This catholic church dates back to 1769. A bit further we passed this old wooden house (C) full of character. Although it looks like it is in relatively good condition, it does seem deserted as the shutters are all closed. This whole stretch of waterfront (D) has this really good cycle path.
A short distance from the church is Kian An Keng (E) which is a Chinese Shrine. Within this old community you will find people of all religions. There are also mosques. Like at Ton Son Mosque (F) where they have a graveyard containing bodies of people that fought in the wars with King Taksin. Nearby is Wat Hongrattanaram (G) which was built during the Ayutthaya period. There is also a shrine here for King Taksin. Back towards the river is Wat Kalayanamit (H) which has a massive seated Buddha as well as the what is believed to be the largest bronze bell in Thailand.
Another Chinese shrine in the area is Kuan Yu Shrine (I) which has a history dating back more than 270 years. Nearby is the Princess Mother Memorial Park (J). This is dedicated to the mother of the present King of Thailand. She was born in this area and in the park you will find a small museum dedicated to her life. The last two temples that I visited were Wat Phitchaya Yatikaram Worawihan (K) and Wat Prayurawongsawas (L).
Memorial Bridge (A – 13.738408312462,100.49729174603)
Santa Cruz Church (B – 13.739217858942,100.49395472884)
Oold wooden house (C – 13.739858801812,100.49352021098)
Waterfront Path (D – 13.740134979906,100.49318225264)
Kian An Keng (E – 13.740218639883,100.49272107606)
Ton Son Mosque (F – 13.740041647262,100.4886437877)
Wat Hongrattanaram (G – 13.738869190378,100.48805906613)
Wat Kalayanamit (H – 13.739943,100.491509)
Kuan Yu Shrine (I – 13.737449109647,100.50013461839)
Princess Mother Memorial Park (J – 13.736584088011,100.49947479497)
Wat Phitchaya Yatikaram Worawihan (K – 13.732759,100.497123)
Wat Prayurawongsawas (L – 13.737230236394,100.49575981349)