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Mahakan Fort is one of only two remaining forts of Rattanakosin's outer city walls, the other being Phra Sumen Fort near Khao San Road.
Mahakan Fort is one of only two remaining forts of Rattanakosin's outer city walls, the other being Phra Sumen Fort near Khao San Road. Mahakan Fort is situated at the banks of Rop Muang Canal, and a part of the former ring of forts that defended Rattanakosin Island from invasions from the east. It was built during the reign of King Rama I. What makes this fort unique compared to Phra Sumen Fort is that a part of the old city wall is still intact; it runs about 200 metres south along Maha Chai Road. An almost a century old community lives in shanties between the old city wall and the canal, but the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has been trying to turn it into a public park for tourists (as was done around Phra Sumen Fort). After a 14-year legal dispute, it seems like a compromise has been reached where some houses of the old community will stay and be turned into museums.
Maha Chai Rd
The Sra Pathum Palace is an oasis of silence right behind Siam Paragon
Built by King Rama V in 1869, it was created to keep up with the tradition that each newly-appointed monarch erected a temple to mark his reign
The Wat Ratchapradit offers a quiet corner to get away from the busy streets of the city
Charoen Krung Road runs alongside the Chao Phraya river, with several major attractions on it including Chinatown, Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok Folk Museum, and Wat Yan Nawa
The Saranrom Park offers shade and relaxation in the midst of greenery and fountains
Designed by Prince Naris, this golden pig statue was created in 1913 at the 50th birthday anniversary of Queen Phatcharinthra, one of King Rama V's wives, who was born in the Chinese year of the pig
The Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre specializes in traditional Thai Khon masked dance-drama performances which illustrate stories from the national epic Ramakien
This public park is built on the old prison grounds of the Bangkok Remand Prison near Wat Suthat
Wat Suthat is huge and actually one of the most important temples for the Thai people
Phahurat is Bangkok's Little India, with rows of shops and stalls selling ethnic Indian culinary ingredients and accessories