Bangkok Old City (Rattanakosin)

Everything You Need to Know about Old City (Rattanakosin)

Straddling the Chao Phraya River and situated just north of Chinatown, the Old City (Rattanakosin) is where you'll find Bangkok's most spectacular and revered historical attractions. Not only part of the Kingdom's rich past, but intrinsic to it, with shimmering, spire-shaped eye-candy on nearly every corner.

Sights include the regal majesty of the Grand Palace, the awe-inspiring beauty of Wat Phra Kaew, and the traditional learning centres Wat Pho and Wat Mahathat, the latter widely considered one of Thailand's first universities and a centre for meditation. Sanam Luang, a historic park next to the Grand Palace traditionally used for important Royal or Buddhist ceremonies, and the National Gallery can also be found here.

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Wat Pra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew

Temple of Emerald Buddha, or Wat Phra Kaew, is the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It enshrines a highly Read More...

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Bangkok Flower Market

Bangkok Flower Market is the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. It has all kinds of popular Read More...

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Old City Attractions

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Old City Shopping

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Old City Nightlife

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 Old City - Rattanakosin Map

Old City - Rattanakosin Map

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Getting Around

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