A stroll in Silom - Bang Rak, Bangkok
Wake up a little earlier and feel the cooling winter breeze on a great weekend morning. Stretch a little and let’s get ready to hang out in Silom – Bang Rak – Charoen Krung, the bustling districts with a lot of inspiring monuments of the bygone days.
Silom – Bang Rak
BANG RAK SHRINE
Bang Rak Shrine, or Chiao Eng Biao Shrine, is located just behind Bang Rak Market. It carries 150 years of Hainanese settlement in Siam, and it was built to honour 108 Chinese traders who were mistaken for pirates and were killed. As a result, the Bang Rak Shrine does not have a sculpture of a Chinese god or goddess as the principal deity, but has a nameplate depicting the words of the Deities of 108 Brothers instead.
WAT SUAN PHLU
Locally called Wat Klong Lorm, the historic temple is home to the statue of the Venerable Father Pa Lelai which is believed to shield the people of Bang Rak from bombardment during
World War II. The monk’s quarter has a blend of Thai and Chinese design with unique Thai roof and wood carvings.
Since Charoen Krung 43 was once a bustling international district during late Ayutthaya period, Bangkok Museum depicts the diverse stories of the Bangkoknian and the international crowds before and after World War II. The museum is divided into 4 buildings, exhibiting the home of the bygone days with antiques furniture, tools, and home décors. Old banknotes and coins are displayed in the separate hall while the library in the last building welcomes you to dive in and learn the history of this colorful city.
NEILSON HAYS LIBRARY
The neo-classical Neilson Hays Library has been the landmark of Bang Rak for almost a hundred years. With constant maintenance and restoration, it was officially awarded the “Historic Landmark” in 1986 by the Association of Siamese Architects. Dr Thomas Heyward Hays built this iconic library to honor his beloved wife who passed away unexpectedly. The design was the art of renowned architecture, Mario Tamagno, who also designed Hua Lamphong Station and Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall.
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CENTRAL POST OFFICE: TCDC
It’s hard to miss the imposing architecture of the Central Post Office, or the Grand Postal Office. The building houses Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) with the center hall hosting variety of creative exhibitions. The gallery at the back and the beautifully landscaped rooftop garden are also open to the public.
PRINCE THEATRE HERITAGE STAY BANGKOK
Formerly a popular theater during 1940s, Prince Theatre Heritage Stay Bangkok was given a new life as a boutique hotel that recaptures the classical atmosphere of the landmark. Experience the sense of old Bangkok and learn about the early Chinese communities through the original architecture and the hotel’s antique zone. Staying in this heritage hotel will be a beautifully nostalgic experience, but just dropping by at the Box Office Bar & Cinema Social Scenes to mingle, chill, eat, and drink with friends will also be the experience anyone would find memorable.
Enjoy the fine aesthetic of elegant life in the restored Victorian style family compound. Baan Suriyasai offers exceptional royal cuisine, but you will also find other aesthetic of life like fine tea and cocktail, as well as handmade Thai products. The Michelin-starred Suriyasai Thai Fine Dining zone serves variety of unique signature menus you would not commonly find in other restaurants, even in many fine dining ones, like Watermelon with Toasted Fish Flakes, Miang Lao and Rice Crackers, Spicy Pomelo Salad, Tender Beef Curry with Shrimp Paste Relish, and Traditional Green Curry with Beef Shank. Suriyasai Tearoom on the first floor offers its own signature tea blend that perfectly complement royal Thai and western snacks. Diving deep into the secret of fine Thai cuisine, Suriyasai Cooking Class let you immerse yourself in the aroma and flavor of true Thai dishes while the second floor Content Bar offers a space to unwind and enjoy great cocktail in an elegant atmosphere.
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ADDRESS: 415 CHAROEN KRUNG ROAD, SI PHRAYA, BANG RAK, BANGKOK
OPEN HOURS: 09.00-18.00; CLOSE EVERY MONDAY
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ADDRESS: CHAROEN KRUNG 46 ROAD, BANG RAK, BANGKOK (NEXT TO ROBINSON BANG RAK)
OPEN HOURS: 10.30 – 21.00
ADDRESS: CHAROEN KRUNG 71 ROAD, WAT PHRAYA KRAI, BANG KHO LAEM, BANGKOK
OPEN HOURS: 08.00-19.00 (CLOSE AT 24.00 IN NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES)