What to See in Sathorn
Looking for some action or a little bit of kick? Lumpini Boxing Stadium hosts boxing matches on a regular basis. Across the road stands Q House Lumpini, a Life Centre which features an exclusive fitness centre, dance school, health-related products and services, Boots, Starbucks, and a few restaurant chains.
Having too much free time in your hands? Take part in various courses and activities including art, languages, fashion design, and dance at the Alliance Francaise. If you want to see a different side of Bangkok, cross the Chao Praya River to the less-developed Thonburi (the old capital) where old ways of life can still be seen.
A big highlight is Lumpini Park, Bangkok's biggest park, which offers the ideal escape from the city's fast pace. Take a stroll, tango lesson or aerobics class - or find a tranquil spot to practice your meditation skills. The park is open from sunrise until dawn. What it lacks in terms of traditional sights and attractions, Sathorn certainly makes up for with great location to reach many of the city's highlights easily.
All Attractions in Sathorn
After an influx of protestant missionaries in the early to mid 19th Century, King Rama IV granted land for a church to be built to serve them in Charoenkrung Road. However, it wasn't long until the English Church (as it was then known due its mainly English congregation) was overstretched. In 1904 King Rama V granted permission for a bigger and more centrally located church to be built.
The result was this lovely white Anglican Church on Convent Road, built in simple gothic-meets-colonial style. Today it serves a congregation of around 500, lending spiritual shelter from Sathorn Road's teeming traffic. The interior is painted white and contains stained glass windows, one of which depicts Christ's crucifixion. It also contains Thailand's only pipe organ. Services and sermons are given in both Thai and English.
- Opening Hours: 08:30 - 16:30 (closed Saturday and Sunday)
- Location: 11 Convent Road, Sathorn
- Tel: +66 (0)2 234 3634
Lumpini Park is an inner-city haven of tranquility, fresh air and shade - offering city dwellers the perfect connection to nature. Named after the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in Nepal, the park is more than half a million square kilometres big, and the habitat of various flora and fauna. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 04:30 - 21:00
- Location: Rama IV Road, Pathumwan
- MRT: Silom, Lumphini
- BTS: BTS: Saladaeng
- How to get there: MRT Subway Silom or Lumphini Stations will drop you right opposite the park.
M.R. Kukrit's Home
Thailand's Prime Minister from 1974 to 1975, M.R. Kukrit Pramoj and his beautiful home on Soi Suan Phlu were often the focus of national politics during times of turbulence, with journalists flocking outside. Today, thanks to the Kukrit 80 Foundation, it's the public who now flock to see the elegant home of this intellectual leader.
More than a museum, it's a testament to his talents not only as politician, but also poet, writer and artist. Its five traditional teak houses on stilts were painstakingly assembled under his supervision, a process that took over 20 years. Each is inter-connected and crammed full of fine-art treasures, not museum pieces but the things he saved and savoured, like ceramics, precious furniture and Buddha images. There is also an interesting library, the stacks of books ranging from fiction to philosophy proof of his diverse interests, and a Thai-style pavilion used for public functions. The serene gardens are full of exotic plants, trees and flowers but most notable for their bonsai-style trees, called 'mai dat' in Thai.
Looking for some action or a little bit of kick? Lumpini Boxing Stadium hosts boxing matches on a regular basis. Across the road stands Q House Lumpini, a Life Centre which features an exclusive fitness centre, dance school, health-related products and services, Boots, Starbucks, and a few restaurant chains. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 7:00 - 01:00 (weather permitting)
- Location: Banyan Tree Bangkok - 21/100 South Sathorn Road - Sathorn
- Tel: +66 (0)2 679 1200
- Dress Code: Smart Casual (no beach shorts, or flip-flops allowed)
YenakArt Villa Bangkok is one of the trendiest art spaces in the city. Residing in a beautifully maintained, modernist house in the swanky backstreets of Sathorn, the white washed walls and brushed concrete floors provide a suitably blank canvas on which to display an ever revolving collection of painting and sculpture. Exhibitions usually run for a month.
Yenak Art gallery operates by appointment only for the majority of the time but there are a number of open house sessions when anyone can drop by, often with the artist in attendance to talk through their work and give you a deeper understanding of the art on display. Check out their Facebook page for my details (details below). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 14:00-19:00 (by appointment only unless otherwise stated)
- Location: 69 Soi Prasat Suk, Yen Akat Road, Sathorn (look for the signs off Yen Akart Road Soi 2)
- Tel: +66 (0)81 668 6964
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/yenakartvilla