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Phra Sumen Fort, Bangkok

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  • This is located near Khaosan road and very easily accessible rather at walking distance. It's a beautiful fort and there is a beautiful park next to it. Very cool place to spend your time there. this ...  more »
  • This place was just down the road from where I stayed in Bangkok. its quit, calm and amazingly peaceful with river views. Highly recommend finding a seat and spending time reflecting  more »
  • we walked there early morning and evening relaxing park at the river with nice view on the known Phra Pin Klao bridge  more »
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  • Little relaxing public park. Rama 8 bridge is beautifully viewed from here. Great sunset view too! At 6 pm everyday (usually), there is local aerobic exercise dance here. Fun to sit and watch or if you dare to join!
  • A small but very nice park. Cool place for relaxing, but that depends on the time of visiting. On the weekend for exsample there are Thais for dancing with louder music. But that can also be nice.
  • Forts Mahakan and Pra Sumen on Rattanakosin Island This part of Bangkok, has many places to keep you occupied. Wat Ratchanadda ( The Loha Prasat ) or Wat Ratchanaddaram, and the Royal Pavilion Mahajetsadabadin next to it. Bangkok was originally moated and walled with forts at intervals along it ( built in 1783 during the reign of King Rama I ). A canal formed the moat dug at a distance of about two kilometres from the Royal Palace, leaving the river to the north of the city and rejoining it to the south. The moat was 7.2 km long, and it is today called Klong Bang Lamphu and Khlong Ong Ang. Strong and solid walls were constructed along the inner side of this canal, being 3.6 mtr. high and 2.7 mtr. thick. It was broken by 16 gates and 14 forts ( Phra Sumen, Yukornton, Mahaprab, Mahakan, Mootaluog, Seurtayan, Mahachai, Charkphet, Phisua, Mahaluok, Mahayak, Phrachun, Phra-Ar-thit, and Isintorn ) Mahakan Fort, located next to Wat Ratchanaddaram, is just one of the two remaining fortresses of medieval Bangkok ( the other being Phra Sumen Fortress ). It was built when the old city of Bangkok was protected by moats. There were three moats radiating from the Royal Palace. In the olden days, there were 16 gates and 14 forts into the old city of Bangkok It has a width of 38 metres and a height of 4.9 metres. It has three floors with staircases leading to the first two. The highest floor is an octagonal tower with an entrance. In addition, part of the old city wall is still standing. It runs for about 200 metres along Maha Chai Road. Today only Phra Sumen and Mahakan remain. Mahakan Fort is octagonal in shape. Mahakan Fort was raised in status to a National Ancient Monument of Thailand by the Fine Arts Department in 1949. The government wanted to turn the area between the canal and the city wall into a park, but were met with resistance from the community that stay on that land. Now the authorities are looking into turning it into a living museum of vintage houses. Rattanakosin also known as Rattanakosin Island, is the historic centre of Bangkok, where most of Bangkok's must see sights can be found, including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Rattanakosin was established in 1782 when King Rama I moved the Siamese capital across the river from Thonburi, starting a period in Thai history known as the Rattanakosin Period. Spending a few days in this remarkable district does not just show you dozens of traditional Buddhist temples, palaces, museums, parks and monuments, but also gives you a better understanding of the culture, history and religion of the Thai people. The Rattanakosin Kingdom was the fourth Thai Kingdom, after the Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Thonburi Kingdoms that preceded it. When the powerful Ayutthaya Kingdom was destroyed and burnt down by Burmese armies in 1767, a small period of chaos and Burmese occupation ensued in the lands of Siam. The resistance was led by General Taksin, a capable military leader who defeated the Burmese within one year and established the new Siamese capital in Thonburi, right across the Chao Phraya River from Rattanakosin. When Phraya Chakri, a popular general under King Taksin who had successfully managed the invasion of Cambodia, returned, he was offered the throne. He was crowned King Rama I, the first King of the Chakri dynasty that started the Rattanakosin Period. One of his first actions was to move the capital across the river, from Thonburi to Rattanakosin. According to him, Rattanakosin had a more strategic location, as he turned it into an artificial island with the Chao Phraya River in the west and man-made canals in the east. Previously, Chinese merchants had occupied Rattanakosin, but they were now relocated outside the new city walls.
  • Nice fortress, though not many cultural aspects to explore compared to some of the other places
  • There is a nice park for a good walk and relaxation, especially in the late afternoon. It is a good way to end the boat trip (the last station as well).
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