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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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)


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