Walking Bangkok Map 5: Central Rattanakosin

During January 2017, TAT Bangkok released a series of eight walking maps for Bangkok in the Thai language. Even though they promised an English version, I have the opinion that some of the places marked on the map are only of interest to Thais. So, I decided to not only do an English version on Google Maps, but also to add my own points of interest. To the right are my translations of the 12 places that the TAT marked on the map. Scroll down for my own map which is a work in progress.

Artwork by Ann Link Sketchbooks. Map information by TAT Bangkok. Click here to download the full-sized map and here for the points of interest (Thai only)

Points of Interest:

1. Giant Swing
2. Trok Mor (morning market)
3. Bamrungchat Satsanayathai Pharmacy
4. Suthattepwararam Temple
5. Thep Monthian Hindu Temple
6. Devasathan (Brahmin Temple)
7. Sam Phraeng
8. Tiger God Shrine
9. Wat Thepthidaram
10. Mahakan Fort
11. Loha Prasat Metal Castle
12. Baan Dinso Boutique Hostel

Full List of Maps:

Explore Bangkok on foot by adding this map to your smartphone. The locations are all inspired by TAT Bangkok’s series of Thai language walking maps. I have added their locations as well as a few of my own. It is a work in progress so follow me on Twitter @RichardBarrow and the hashtag #WalkingBKK for updates.

Rommaninat Park used to be the Bangkok Remand Prison but was converted into a park in 1993. Parts of Bangkok Remand Prison still remain. This includes section of the wall, guard towers, the administration block, and one cell block. There is a Corrections Museum in the park, but it’s closed for renovation. The park is open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wat Suthat is one of Bangkok’s hidden gems. As it is less popular among tourists, stepping into Wat Suthat is like you are leaving the bustling world behind and now in a peaceful heaven. The main ordination hall sits at the center is where the sacred Phra Sri Sakayamunee Buddha image, relocated from Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai, is enshrined. It is one of the largest ordination halls in Thailand with a 72.25-meter-high ceiling, completed with stunning wall murals. Surrounding the ordination hall is Phra Wiharn Khot terrace where 156 beautiful Buddha statues are displayed. The temple is open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is an entrance fee of 20 Baht for foreigners.

The Giant Swing sits between Wat Suthat and Bangkok City Hall. This 21-meter, maroon-colored swing is a Brahman religious structure built in circa 1784 from teakwood. In the old days, it was used as part of Tri Yampawai, a Brahman rite of which priests swing themselves in order to pay homage to Shiva God to celebrate his annual visit to the earth. The rite was cancelled in 1935 as there were a number of unexpected accidents while conducting the rite. The current Giant Swing was built in 2006 with teakwood from Phrae province.