The Lumphini Park, also referred to as Lumpinee Park or Lumpini Park, is a public park located at the city center of Bangkok. It spans an area of 57.6 hectares situated between the intersection of Silom Road and Rama IV Road. It is the oldest and largest park in Bangkok. In fact, it’s the largest open green area in the whole of Thailand. It was created in the 1920s by the King Rama VI on a royal property and was named after the birthplace of the Buddha, which is Lumbini, in Nepal.
If you’re looking for variety in Bangkok attractions, the Lumphini Park offers the stroll and sight-see kind of entertainment that is so hard to find in a place where public space, trees and playgrounds are a rarity. You don’t have to worry about running out of things to do either. The park offers many kinds of diversions that are guaranteed to make your time pass pleasantly.
- Foot-pedal boating in the man-made lakes. There are two artificial lakes in the park. You can hire out a pedal boat and spend the day just pedaling your way around the lakes. If you’d rather stay out of the water, though, you can always watch water monitor lizards creep out of the waters or just watch them being fed by park workers.
- Bask in the country’s love for temple-like structures. If you’re not tired of visiting temples yet, there’s a gazebo within the park’s grounds closely resembling the structure of Thailand’s many temples and that you can also explore. The gazebo was actually from China, a gift for the King’s sixth cycle birthday, or 72nd birthday.
- Work out in the outdoor gym. An exercise area with weights can be found in the park. Locals call this the “Muscle Beach”. Try it out yourself. You will be extravagantly praised by teenagers lounging in the area for being strong and fit if you acquit yourself well enough.
- Admire King Rama VI’s Memorial Statue. It was King Rama VI who donated the land to be made as public park. The King’s statue guards the park’s entrance and makes for a good landmark.
- Experience jogging in Thailand. The park is popular among local joggers and fitness enthusiasts but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try jogging in the well-worn paths of the park too. After all, you probably got some extra pounds from eating too many exotic food offerings of the country, and you might want to lose those before going back home. The park opens at 6:00 am and you’ll have a lot of other joggers to keep you company.
- Work your brain out and meet new friends. If physical exercise is just not your thing, join the many seniors spending the day by playing chess under the shade of trees. There are lots of tables with chess boards, so play a game and maybe acquire the wisdom of the seniors.
- Arrange meetings at the Clock Tower. The Clock Tower is one of the popular landmarks in the park. Why not meet with your travel buddies or whoever you have to meet with right there beside the Clock Tower for a change?
- Watch the people in the park. If all of the above failed to entertain you, you can always just sit in one of the benches and watch the passersby. At the Lumphini Park, there’s always something interesting and amusing to see.