April 2015. Anyone looking for a break from Bangkok’s unrelenting urban buzz need look no further than the peaceful Lumpini Park in Silom district. Named after the birthplace of the Buddha in Nepal, this 142-acre city oasis is the perfect place for jogging, Tai Chi, or simply taking a nap under one of the many giant palm trees.
April 2015. Created in the 1920s by King Rama VI, Lumpini was initially a natural resources museum and then a Japanese Army camp during World War II. Today a large statue of Rama stands at the park’s southwest entrance.
April 2015. The park’s artificial lake is its focal point with two and a half kilometers of shady paths winding around it. Paddleboats can be rented, with a thirty-minute jaunt priced at 40 Baht (£90p/€1/$1.20). You can also cycle around the park, but (weirdly) only between the hours of 10:00-15:00.
April 2015. There’s a wonderful selection of wildlife to see around the park, especially the giant black crows and mooching monitor lizards. The lizards pretty much have the run of the place, happily plodding about between humans without fear. Don’t expect to see any dogs though, as they’re banned from the park!
April 2015. The park also features Bangkok’s first public library, while the Palm Garden sometimes holds classical music concerts by The Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.
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