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  Santi Chai Prakan Pavilion and Public Park
Catagorize: Parks & Gardens, Landmarks and Memorials
Contact: Phra Athit Road, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok Tel. -

Santi Chai Prakan Park is located on Phra Athit Road in Banglamphu Sub-district, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok with the area of more than 8 Rai. It is the origin of Banglamphu area because, in the past, there were a lot of Lamphu trees, resulting in the name Banglamphu. However, at present, there is only one Lamphu tree; therefore, it becomes the landmark of this place. The scenery is also very beautiful with one side open paralleling with Chao Phraya River, offering a clear view of Rama VIII Bridge, and the other side attached to the road. Besides, Santi Chai Prakan Park is where Santi Chai Prakan Pavilion is located. It is a Thai-style pavilion with 4.7 meters wide and 14.20 meters long. This original Thai architecture is made of Takian wood and is decorated with carved light-brown teak wood like the throne hall. The roof is layered in descending order and decorated with four elaborately carved Mukprajerd gable ends and the symbol of the royal ceremonies. There is also a boat pier for receiving royal boats when the ceremonies related to Chao Phraya River, such as the royal Kathin ceremony, are held at the park. This park was one of the few parks in Bangkok that opened for Thai people to witness the magnificence of the Royal Barge Procession, which the government and Thai people had arranged for the king’s 6th cycle on December 5, 1999. Inside the garden are the sculptures depicting many aspects of the lifestyle in Banglamphu in many generations. From Ayutthaya Period to Krung Thon Buri Period, Banglamphu community was the place for those who traveled by boat to stay overnight. Later, in Rattanakosin Period (from the reign of King Rama II to King Rama IV), Banglamphu area became the market of well-known Thai dessert and, from the reign of King Rama V to King Rama VII,  it became the center of Thai music and cultural performance. Therefore, this place is an important source for learning history which should be reserved and studied. Apart from being the source of knowledge, Santi Chai Prakan Park is a place for family members or groups of friends to relax together in the pleasant natural atmosphere. Those who want to be healthy can either join the aerobic dance with Banglamphu villagers at the open space beside Chao Phraya River at 6.30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and at 6 p.m. daily, or just walk with their pets and absorb the nice atmosphere. The park can also be a meeting place among friends to chitchat and experience the beauty of sunset at Chao Phraya River. Moreover, around 5 p.m. on every weekend, the visitors can listen to Thai songs, performed by Thai musical band, which can increase Thai identity to this place. As a consequence, the park is one of the best places that can reserve the beautiful Thai culture. A lot of festivals, such as Children’s Day, Songkran Festival, and other festivals related to children, are always held at the park. The pleasant atmosphere and the view of Chao Phraya Riverside and Rama VIII Bridge can attract a great number of Thai people and foreigners to relax at this park all the time.

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