Bangkok is one of the biggest cities in Southeast Asia. The Bangkok metropolitan area is 7.7 square kilometers and is home to about 12 million people. Skyscrapers dominate the downtown area and traffic jams are the order of the day in the capital. It is of no surprise if busy residents sometimes need to escape into an oasis of peace and tranquility, but may not have the time to venture away from Bangkok. Lumpini Park provides this very escape for many of the city’s residents.
Lumpini Park is a 142 acre park located off the Lumpini subway station and not too far from the Silom business district of Bangkok. It is open from 4.30am to 9.00pm and offers a rare collection of open space, trees and playgrounds in Bangkok. On average, about 20,000 people visit the park throughout the day on weekdays and about 40,000 on weekends and holidays.
Lumpini is the capital’s first public park. It was created by King Rama VI on royal property and named after Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal. At the time of construction, it was on the outskirts of the city.
In 1925, Thai economics was in a recession following the aftermath of World War I. King Rama VI decided to organize an exhibition of local products and resources to help boost the economy at Lumpini’s current location. After the fair, the site would later be developed into a park. However, the exhibition was cancelled due to the untimely passing away of the King but the project of creating a park continued on with his heir and brother, King Rama VII.
Today, Lumpini is the most visited park in Bangkok. It is a great place for locals and tourists looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city and into an area of trees, lawns and lakes. Paths circulating the park are a popular place for joggers and measures out to be about 2.5 kilometers long. The park also contains cycling paths, weight lifting areas, children’s playgrounds and basketball courts. Visitors to the park may also rent a boat and paddle along Lumpini’s spacious lake. For those interested in less strenuous activities, a library (Bangkok’s first public library) and numerous chess tables are also present at the park.
If you are visiting Bangkok and would like to experience Lumpini Park or would like to tweak any of our Thailand tours to fit your needs, feel free to contact us. The park is teeming with interesting scenes like morning tai chi classes, evening aerobics and families spending time together. For first time visitors to the capital, Exotissimo’s Unseen Bangkok City Break tour is the perfect program. Experience Bangkok’s culture and history with visits to temples while experiencing with the capital’s culture in a city full of contrasts. If you are looking to further explore the country, then why not extend your Bangkok experience with our Thailand Special Package tour? Start off in the capital and then travel up north to the hills and mountains of Chiang Mai. After that, head south and relax by the beaches of Phuket in a varied tour of the country.
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