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Lumpini Park

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Filled with broad trees, ponds, fields and all sorts of healthy activities, Lumpini Park is the closest that Bangkok comes to matching London's St James Park or New York's Central Park. Here’s how to enjoy every bit of this 142 acres of green in the heart of the city.

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Named after the village where the Buddha was born in what's now Nepal, Lumpini Park—or Suan Lum to use the common Thai name—was established in the 1920s by King Rama VI. Canals, wealthy estates and fruit orchards rimmed the park back then, but it's now surrounded by tall buildings in a wealthy and conveniently located part of the city. Depicted gazing up Silom Road, a larger-than-life statue of Rama VI greets those who arrive through the main western gate.

Swimming is generally not advisable. Photo taken in or around Lumpini Park, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Swimming is generally not advisable. Photo: David Luekens

Apart from an indoor fitness centre, swimming pool and tennis court that are only open to residents of Bangkok, Lumpini is entirely a free and open public space. It's large enough to find a quiet slice of green for a picnic but is also a great place to experience the pulse of Bangkok when the joggers and aerobics dancers emerge around sunset. In such a tightly packed and chaotic city, it's no wonder that so many Bangkokians seek daily relief in Lumpini.

Most travellers simply go for a stroll before lounging on the Bermuda grass or feeding the fish from atop one of the bridges. Those looking for more action could take a swan boat out for 40 baht; pump iron in an open-air gym; try out one of the free public fitness machines; work on that jump shot in a pick-up basketball game; calm the nerves with guided tai chi; join in the fitness dancers who work it out to upbeat Thai and Western music; or jog laps around the park's flat two-and-a-half kilometre loop. If you can bend and flip your body like Beckham, why not join in a rousing game of ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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How to get there
Sala Daeng BTS Station, Lumpini MRT Station and Silom MRT Station are all within a one- to five-minute from the park.

Lumpini Park
Between Rama IV Rd, Ratchadamri Rd and Witthayu Rd, across from the east end of Silom Rd
Daily 05:00-20:00
Admission: Free

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