The Assumption Cathedral is a renaissance style building found along the Chao Phraya River in Downton Bangkok. The Cathedral is home to the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bangkok. The history of the church at the location dates back to the Early 1800's when the Catholic Church decided to erect and church to support the missionary work ongoing in Thailand. In 1909 there was a decision to replace the original Thai Style church which was completed in 1919. The Cathedral was designed by a French Architect who used imported Italian marble and Stained glass from made by artisans in France. The Cathedral was badly damaged during World War II.
On May 10, 1984 Pope John Paul visited the Cathedral, which is a commemorated with the Pope's Statue proudly displayed in the front of the Cathedral.
There are three schools associated with the Cathedral that include an Elementary School, a College and a Convent.
The Red Cross manages a snake farm in center city Bangkok only a block away from Lumpini Park. The farm is open to the public and offers a look at Thailand snakes up-close and personal in a zoo-like setting. The snake farm has snake handling shows which present some of the poisonous and non-poisonous snakes found in Thailand in both English and Thai. The show itself is informative about 6 to 8 species of snakes, offering recommendations on how to safely behave when encountering those snakes in the wild. At the end of the show the farm offers an opportunity to touch and hold an very large Burmese python, which was born and raised at the farm and very friendly.
Wachira Benjathat, Chatuchak and Queen Sirikit Park Complex is a vast area of park land, beautifully maintained, and a great area to enjoy Thailand's nature right in the middle of downtown Bangkok. The park complex is located just to the north of the Chatchuchak Weekend Market and easily accessible through either the Subway (at the Chatuchak Station) or the Skytrain (at the Mo Chit Station). The park complex offers many kilometers of running/walking/biking trails to allow the city dwellers to get their exercise and enjoy the beauty of the parks. Each of the park areas has a particular feel as described below.
Wachira Benjathat Park (Rot Fai Park)
Queen Sirikit Park
The park complex offers a lot to do for anyone with a lust for the outdoors after living and working in the metropolitan area of Bangkok.
The metropolitan area of Bangkok has many city parks for everyone to enjoy the fresh air and get exercise. Here are nine that I have visited and have documented with photos, there are others, but these are the biggest and most scenic. There is a Google Map showing the locations of each of these parks at the end of this post.
Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park is a jungle park just outside Bangkok. In fact, the park is just opposite Bangkok's major industrial area along the Chao Phraya River but when you are in the park you feel like you are deep into heavy tropical jungle. When in the park you can experience a large variety of jungle life including large monitor lizards, colorful butterflies and a huge variety of colorful birds.
The area outside the park is also mostly lush jungle but the municipality as graciously provided biking trails throughout the area. I will put a Google maps link below to help you get there but the trip should take less than an hour from center city Bangkok.
Information, photos and videos of great destinations in Bangkok. Click here to view a list of Articles about Bangkok Destinations.
Bangkok's 9 Royal Temples
Bangkok Must Sees
Exploring Thailand's Nature
Islands of the Thai Gulf
Thailand's Royal Palaces
Thailand and World War 2
Explore Chiang Rai
Explore Chiang Mai