Benchasiri Park

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Benchasiri Park
Benjasiri park.jpg
Benchasiri Park in April 2006
TypeUrban Park
LocationSukhumvit Road (between Soi 22 and 24), Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand
Coordinates13°43′49.22″N 100°34′2.35″E / 13.7303389°N 100.5673194°E / 13.7303389; 100.5673194
Area11.6 acres (4.7 ha)
Created12 August 1992 (1992-08-12)
Operated byBangkok Metropolitan Administration
StatusOpen from 5.00 a.m. to 21.00 p.m.

Benchasiri Park[1][2][3] (Thai: สวนเบญจสิริ; RTGSSuan Benchasiri; "Park Commemorating the Fifth Cycle Birthday Anniversary") is a garden on Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Toei District, Bangkok, Thailand.

Built on 11.6 acres (47,000 m2) next door to the Emporium shopping complex, it commemorates the fifth cycle (sixtieth) birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit on 12 August 1992.[4] Construction began in 1990 on land which originally housed the Bangkok Meteorological Department until its relocation to Bang Na.[5][6] Built around an ornamental lake, it contains 12 pieces of contemporary sculpture by Thai artists and is often used for open-air events.[7]

It can be reached from Phrom Phong Station (Sukhumvit Line of the BTS Skytrain),[8] and is located between Soi 22 and 24.

Facilities[edit]

Sports area

This is large area for people who want to go jogging and it has a multi-purpose outdoor court to support volleyball, basketball and skating[1]. This area is surrounded by trees for shade.

Swimming pool

There is a 12.5 x 25 meter swimming pool [1]. This was created as a result of a survey of park users who wanted a place in the area to bring their children to use. [1]

Playground

The playground attracts many children, both Thai and foreigners [1]. It is particularly busy on holidays. This area has a large number of items of play equipment [1] for children who love adventure, discover and climbing. [1]

Regular Weekly Events[edit]

Dhamma ni suan

There is a Buddhist service every week from 07.00 – 09.00 am every Sunday [1], aiming to support people who are uncomfortable attending a temple.

Dontri ni suan

Dontri ni suan occurs on Saturdays and Sundays, to provide relaxing from work and other stresses. There are many songs in Thai and other music from around the world[1].

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "อุทยานเบญจสิริ Benchasiri Park". office.bangkok.go.th (in Thai). Archived from the original on 2017-07-19. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  2. ^ "Benchasiri Park". Public Park Office, Department of Environment, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. 2003. Archived from the original on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  3. ^ "Benchasiri Park". Tourism Authority of Thailand. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  4. ^ "BANJASIRI PARK". bangkoktourist.com. Archived from the original on September 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  5. ^ "Benjasiri Park". bangkok-thailand-picture.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  6. ^ "Link up with locals in fight to be fit". ThaiAsiaToday.com. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  7. ^ "Benjasiri Park". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  8. ^ "Benjasiri Park". thailandforvisitors.com. Retrieved 2008-11-13.

Coordinates: 13°43′49″N 100°34′02″E / 13.73034°N 100.56732°E / 13.73034; 100.56732