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. 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.

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.

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]

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