Lumphini Park

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Not to be confused with Lumbini Park in Hyderabad, India.
Lumpini Hall
View towards the Silom-Sathorn CBD
View towards the Ratchadamri-Ratchaphrasong commercial district

Lumphini Park (also Lumpini or Lumpinee, Thai: สวนลุมพินี) is a 360-rai (57.6-hectare (142-acre)) park in Bangkok, Thailand. This park offers rare open public space, trees and playgrounds in the Thai capital and contains an artificial lake where visitors can rent a variety of boats. Paths around the park totalling approximately 2.5 km in length are a popular area for evening joggers. Officially, cycling is only permitted during the day between the times of 10am to 3pm. There is a smoking ban throughout the park, and dogs are not allowed.

History[edit]

Lumpini Park was created in the 1920s by King Rama VI on royal property.This place was a museum, where many products and natural resources were shown, then after World War 1 , it was rebuilt into the first park in Bangkok.[1] A statue of the king stands at the southwestern entrance to the park. It was named after Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha in Nepal, and at the time of its creation stood on the outskirts of the city.

Lumphini Park

Today it lies in the heart of the main business district and is in the Lumphini sub-district, on the north side of Rama IV Road, between Ratchadamri Road and Witthayu Road.

Places in Lumphini Park[edit]

Lumpini Park is a multi-purpose park. Many activities are provided for citizens and tourists. The park is a green area. There are a lot of trees, beautiful flowers, large lakes, and various type of animals.

  • King Rama 6 Statue(Thai: พระบรมรูปรัชกาลที่6)

The statue of King Rama 6 was built in 1942 to commemorate the construction of the Lumpini Park.

  • Bird Watching Activity

Lumpini Park is a rich source of natural food and many large trees so it has become home for various species of birds. There are more than 30 species of birds approximately. Bird watching Courses are available at Lumpini Park every year.

  • Smiling Sun Ground(also Larn Tawan Yim Thai: ลานตะวันยิ้ม)

Smiling Sun Ground is a place for activities designed for disabled people. It is full of resources and special parking lots for the disabled as well as playgrounds for children.

  • Bangkok Elder Citizens Club(Thai: สโมสรพลเมืองอาวุโสแห่งเมืองกรุงเทพฯ)

Bangkok Elder Citizens Club is a place for the elders to communicate, relax, exercise, and train. It is open from 8 AM to 6 PM daily. The dancing Courses are available every Sunday-Saturday.

  • Home of Hope(Thai: ศูนย์สร้างโอกาสเด็กสวนลุมพินี)

Home of hope is a place for homeless children. They provide information, advice, and education to help homeless children. It is open 10 AM to 7 PM daily.

  • BMA Apprentice School(Thai: ศูนย์ฝึกอาชีพกรุงเทพมหานคร)

BMA Apprentice School offer training in various jobs including computer, cooking, tailor, and facial make-up.

  • Lumpini Park Library(Thai: ห้องสมุดประชาชนสวนลุมพินี)

Lumpini Park Library provides books and videos for studying. Open from 8 AM to 8 PM, on Tuesday-Sunday.

  • Lumpini Youth Center(Thai: ศูนย์เยาวชนลุมพินี)

Lumpini Youth Center offering sports activities and sports equipment for members. Sports activities including soccer, swimming, basketball, and dancing. On Monday to Friday it is opened from 6 PM to 8 PM, On Saturday to Sunday it is open from 10 AM to 6 PM.

  • Sri Thai Derm Food Center(Thai: ศูนย์อาหารศรีไทยเดิม)

Sri Thai Derm food center is opened from 4:30 AM to 10 AM daily.

  • Lumpini Lake

Paddle boats can be rented at a lake for a rate of 30 baht per 30 minutes.

  • Buddhist Dharma Activities

Buddhist Dharma activities with Buddhist monks are held the last Sunday of every month from 7 AM to 9 AM.

  • Music Festival

A western music and Thai music festival in the park is held during February to April, every Sunday from 4:30 PM to 8 PM.

Venues and events[edit]

It has Bangkok's first public library and dance hall. During winter time, the Palm Garden of Lumphini Park becomes the site for the annual Concert in the Park festival featuring classical music by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and other bands.In World War 2 around 1942-1944, the park became a camp for Japanese Army.

Political Rallyes[edit]

Lumphini Park has been used as rallye ground for political mass gatherings.

In 2006 the People's Alliance for Democracy protested in the park against prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

In 2013/14 the park became on of the main protest sites of the People's Democratic Reform Committee against prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Transportation[edit]

BTS Skytrain Silom Line Sala Daeng Station is nearby.

MRT (Bangkok) Lumphini Station and Si Lom Station are nearby.

BMTA no.4, 13, 14, 15, 17, 22, 45, 46, 47, 50, 62, 67, 74, 76, 77, 89, 109, 115, 116, 141, 149, 164, 173, 505, 507, 514 and 544

References[edit]

http://www.yourhealthyguide.com/parks/park-lumpinee.htm

http://www.lumpinipark.com/

Further reading[edit]

  • Thailand, The National Geographic Traveler, 2001, pg. 97

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 13°43′50″N 100°32′30″E / 13.73056°N 100.54167°E / 13.73056; 100.54167