Lumphini Park

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When you will feel a bit tired of heat and city bustle, we advise you to 'set sail' directly to Lumphini Park. Here one can experience a sense of natural harmony and tranquility. People walk here, simply lie on the grass or do sports: the park has running and cycling tracks, an outdoor pool, numerous grounds with exercise machines, and on the sunset fitness coaches turn the music on and organize their classes outdoors. For those who are fond of running there are lockers and showers by the entrance to the park. Cycling is allowed from 9 am till 3 pm, while entry with animals and smoking are prohibited. One can also take a boat or a catamaran to ride along the waters of the artificial lake. Another thing we advise to do is to buy a loaf of sliced bread to feed the fish, turtles and even monitor lizards – there is a whole colony of them living in the park. On Sundays the park organizes local jazz bands' performances and sometimes even shows of an orchestra.

Lumphini Park was established in the 1920s under Rama VI on the royal territory, which by then was in the outskirts of Bangkok. At first there was a museum which displayed products and natural resources, and after the World War I the first city park appeared here. As a sign of respect a statue of Rama VI (1942) stands at the south-western entrance to the park. The name of the park originated from a place in Nepal, Lumbini, that claims the right to be recognized as the birthplace of Buddha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. As the city grew with years the park found itself right in the center of one of the most popular business and shopping districts of Bangkok.

The park is home to the nation's first public library and a dance hall. In winter the park's palm tree garden turns into a stage of the annual classical music festival featuring the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and other musical bands. Nearby there are always dance floors to have a waltz.

Address: 139/4 Witthayu Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan
Opening hours: daily 4.30 am – 9 pm
How to reach: BTS Sala Daeng, MRT Lumphini, Si Lom, buses 4, 13, 14, 15, 17, 22, 45, 46, 47, 50, 62, 67, 74, 76, 77, 89, 109, 115, 116, 141, 149, 164, 173, 505, 507, 514, 544
Coordinates: 13.73066, 100.54064