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Princess Mother Memorial Park and Guan Yu Shrine

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The Chinese-style Guan Yu Shrine and neighbouring Princess Mother Memorial Park combine to offer some history, culture and, most of all, a soothing atmosphere on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River.

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The small but atmospheric Princess Mother Memorial Park was established at the birthplace of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s mother, Srinagarindra, who came from a family of goldsmiths and went on to be revered as “Princess Mother” of Thailand until her death in 1995, at the age of 94. While her family’s original 19th-century home no longer exists, a museum was set up in a reconstruction of it during the mid 1990s. Srinagarindra is also portrayed in a statue sitting contently on a bench in the park.

Enjoying a quiet moment in the park. Photo taken in or around Princess Mother Memorial Park and Guan Yu Shrine, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Enjoying a quiet moment in the park. Photo: David Luekens

Crumbling brick-and-mortar ruins of other old buildings stand alongside towering tamarind trees as locals stroll around the footpaths or do yoga at dusk in a central courtyard. Known in Thai as Suan Somdet Ya, the park is one of the most tranquil spots we’ve come across in this generally ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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