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When Rattanakosin was established as Siam's capital, King Rama I designed this vast open field between the northern wall of the Grand Palace and the eastern wall of the former Wang Na Palace.
When Rattanakosin was established as Siam's capital, King Rama I designed this vast open field between the northern wall of the Grand Palace and the eastern wall of the former Wang Na Palace. At that time, the ground was a rice field sometimes used for royal crematoria. The ground was called 'Thung Phra Men', which means crematorium ground in Thai. Considering that name was inauspicious, King Rama IV renamed the ground 'Thong Sanam Luang', or the royal ground, and all rice farming there was ceased. Later, King Rama V had Wang Na's eastern wall demolished and enlarged Sanam Luang to its current size. The place has been used as the crematorium ground for kings, members of the royal family and nobility, in addition to being a royal sporting ground. 365 tamarind trees are placed around it. Sanam Luang is Bangkok's equivalent of a 'speaker's corner' where the people get together to talk politics. In recent history, the ground has been used for political rallies and demonstrations, such as the yellow and red shirt protests in the late 2000s. Every night, a flea market is held on the streets surrounding it.
Ratchadamnoen Nai Rd
Mae Toranee is the earth goddess, a deity in Thai Buddhism that is shown wringing water from her ponytail
According to an old Thai tradition, a city pillar has to be built upon the establishment of a new city, to provide a home for guardian spirits
The Silpa Bhirasri National Museum is a modern art museum dedicated to the Italian professor Corrado Feroci, the father of modern Thai art who earned the epithet 'Silpa Bhirasri'
The National Museum took over the Front Palace grounds, a former royal palace built in the 18th-century just like the Grand Palace
The Museum of Buddhist Art features a large private collection of Buddha images and is operated by the Foundation of Thai Arts Preservation
At the site that used to house the royal stables of the King's white elephants, since 1988 it is a museum about these extremely rare creatures
This small, green park has a great view of the Chao Phraya River and the modern Rama VIII suspension bridge that crosses it
The Wat Mahathat is an important Buddhist temple, which was once used for royal ceremonies and funerals