Attractions from Central Thailand

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Grand Palace (Bangkok)
Grand Palace was built in 1782 when King Rama I claimed the throne and Bangkok became the capitol. The palace's ground plan is almost identical with that of the palace in Ayutthaya that was burnt down by the Burmese. Special attention has been paid to the details of this beautiful castle that is surrounded by a 1900 metre long white wall.
Jim Thompsons House (Bangkok)
This remarkable house belonged to the American Jim Thompson, who came to Thailand during the end of WW2 and founded the country's silk industry. The house that is built without the use of nails or screws is presently a museum that holds Thompson's wonderful collection of Asian art.
Thailands National Museum (Bangkok)
The National Museum was built by Rama I in 1782 and was first taken into use in its present function in 1874. The museum consists of three wings that contain exhibitions of historical and religious figurines from the different time periods, as well as artefacts and ethnological items, not only from Thailand, but also from all of Asia.
The Royal Boats (Bangkok)
The Royal boats can usually be seen in a hall except for the rare occasions when they are out sailing in procession on the river Chao Phraya. The fleght numbers in all 35 highly ornamented boats. The long narrow wooden boats are painted in fantastic colours and are plated with gold leaf. The most beautiful of them all is the King's 45 metre long boat that's bow is formed like a swan's neck from which a gilded swan's head struts as it holds a golden lamp in its beak.
Wat Arun (Bangkok)
Wat Arun means The Temple of the Dawn. The beautiful temple faces Chao Phraya, and from the opposite side of the river the temple looks amazing in the rays of the dawn. The 79 metre high pagoda is covered by multicoloured pieces of porcelain.
Wat Phra Kaeo (Bangkok)
Wat Phra Kaeo, The Emerald Buddha's Temple, can be found within the walls of the Grand Palace. The temple was built in 1785 by Rama I and holds several of Thailand's art treasures. Among others the 75 cm. tall emerald Buddha that has been carved out of a piece of jasper.
Wat Po (Bangkok)
The extensive temple Wat Po is neighbours with the Grand Palace. In the temple you will find among other things the enormous gilded "Laying Buddha" that is 46 metres long and 15 metres high. Wat Po was the centre for universal knowledge and is sometimes called "Thailand's first University". The building itself is incredibly beautiful and filled with detail.
Wat Sakhet (Bangkok)
Wat Sakhet is also known as "The Golden Mountain". This is because of the golden chedi on the mountain's top that dates back to the 18th century. The construction of the building was started by King Rama III, but was not completed until the reign of King Rama V. From The Golden Mountain there is a fantastic view of the old part of Bangkok.
Wat Traimit (Bangkok)
In this little modest temple stands the famous Gold Buddha. The statue is 3 metres high and weighs 5,5 tons. Scientists believe that the Buddha is between seven and eight hundred years old and is from the Sukhothai period. The Buddha that until 1933 was covered with plaster was discovered by coincidence while contractors were moving the plaster figure. The cable on the crane snapped and when the figure hit the ground the plaster cracked and revealed the gold that was hidden underneath.
Khao Yai National Park (Central Thailand)
Khao Yai National Park is with its 2100 km2 one of the country's largest national parks. The park is covered by a rich rain forest and has both mountains and glorious waterfalls. Tigers, elephants, bears, wild boar, and monkeys are among the many animals that live in the park.
Sukhothai (Central Thailand)
Sukhothai was Siam's first capitol and was founded in 1238. The city had then an impressive size and ornamentation, and today you can see it in the ruins of the magnificent city. The many beautiful temple ruins testify to the former capitol's glory days.
The Bridge Across the River Kwai (Central Thailand)
The bridge across the river Kwai is a memorial of the atrocities the Japanese committed against the allied prisoners of war during WW2. The prisoners were forced to build a railroad along the river and it is believed that 16.000 allied and 100.000 Asian prisoners died while working. Every year a show is held in memory of the many who died.
Wat Phra Sri Ratana Mhathat (Central Thailand)
Wat Phra Sri Ratana Mhathat is situated in the over 500-year-old city of Phitsanulok by the Nan River. The temple holds the famous sitting bronze Buddha Phra Buddha Chinarat. The Buddha is of the Sukhothai style and is from the 14th century. The Buddha is one of the finest examples of this particular style.

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