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There are several interesting historical attractions not far from Khao San Road, which itself does not have many sights to see other than the many people who gather here.
Perhaps the most impressive landmark in Bangkok is the Grand Palace in the Old City. Over two hundred years old, the Grand palace was once home to the royal family and court. It is a beautiful building that has rich architectural details and fine décor. The amount of work that went into designing and keeping up the palace is truly amazing. It can be visited from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day and tickets can be bought on site.
Phra Sumen Fort was constructed, along with many other such protective installations, on order of King Rama I. This is just one of two remaining forts from his time and it is highly valued for its historical significance as well as its interesting structure. It is located inside of the park called Suan Santichaiparkran. Cannons and the battlements are intact and give visitors an excellent idea of what the fort must have been like in its heyday, although some elements have begun to wear away. The fort can be visited in the day, but you may want to wait around in the evening to get a glimpse of it when the lights are on. It is located on Phra Arthit Road.
The Bangkok National Museum is home to numerous interesting art pieces and significant artifacts that illustrate the history of Thailand. The museum is located near the Grand Palace (Wat Phra Kaew) on Na Phrothat Road and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday.
Wat Phra Kaew is perhaps the most significant of all the Thai Buddhist wats. It can be visited from about 8:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon. Also called the Emerald Buddha Temple, this lovely temple contains a precious jade Buddha. Remember to dress respectfully, which means no bare arms, shorts, or short skirts and dresses.
The National Gallery of Thailand exhibits the best and most significant pieces of art by Thai artists and craftspeople. Dating back to the 1600s, these items are sure to impressive and many offer interesting glimpses into the country’s rich history. From traditional styles to the lasted modern art styles, the works here are quite varied and always well-crafted. The gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Democracy Monument was constructed in order to memorialize Thailand’s democratic constitution, which followed a coup that took place in 1932. The monument symbolizes democracy and public freedom, but for some it has come to be a sort of propaganda peace, since the coup unfortunately led to a very undemocratic government. However, it remains an important symbol for the ideals of self-representation and human rights. This impressive structure is located in the middle of Ratchadamnoen Road in the Old City. It quite interesting and there are various relief carvings around the monument.
Wat Chanagonkram is a peaceful temple that is as old as it is calming. Located amidst fine trees, this wat has lovely architecture. Especially notable is its ordination hall. Beautiful artwork of the Buddha and other fine paintings and sculptures add to both its sacred nature and its aesthetic appeal. One notable piece is a figure of King Taksin. The temple is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Remember to dress respectfully when visiting this sacred site on Chakrapong Road.