Places to Visit In Bangkok
As mentioned above there are many historical and religious places to visitin Bangkok. There are also some modern attractions like parks and galleries. Although there are no museums worth mentioning in Bangkok, but what the city lacks in museums, it makes up in temples, parks and galleries. In these places you can witness the history and culture of Bangkok. You can see the impact of modernization on a traditional city and also enjoy some of the most authentic works of architecture and art. Apart from temples there are also some palaces worth visiting.
Grand Palace: This is one of the most visited and also revered spots in all of Thailand. The walled city was built by king Rama I in 1782 when he moved the capital from Thonburi across the river. Subsequent monarchs added their own touches to the palace and the adjoining structures and as a result they became more opulent. Visitors can roam the grounds, but they are not allowed inside the buildings. The buildings are used only for royal ceremonies and state events. The ChakriMahaPrasat Palace is considered to be the official residence of the king although he actually lives at Chitlada Palace. On rare occasions rooms in this palace are opened to the public.
Carpediem Gallery: In spite of its traditional environment, contemporary arts have found a niche in the city of Bangkok. In fact, you can find some unique and beautiful pieces in the galleries of this city, among which the Carpediem gallery is worth mentioning and is one of the places to see in Bangkok. This gallery is owned by a Singaporean lady who is popular due to her vivacity and charismatic personality. She has an excellent eye for works of art that will appeal to the international audience and here you may also find some oversize artworks that will not fail to impress you.
Fertility Shrine at NaiLert Park: This shrine is known as the fertility shrine and it is a Thai belief that when women are trying to conceive, they should visit this shrine, which will surely grant them an offspring. This is one of the most intriguing tourist places in Bangkok because western visitors are awed by this open display of phalluses from small wooden carvings to large stone sculptures which are decorated with ribbons and are placed in honor of the female fertility spirit. The way to this shrine is through the SwissotelNaiLert Park where you have to walk to the end of the ground level garage, where the shrine is on the right. The shrine is open all the time, but the best time to visit it is before dusk.