Tipped to be one of the most popular public parklands, Chatuchak Park is a veritable icon in the leisure hub that is Bangkok. Named after the MRT station which lies beneath the space this sprawling enclave of lush greenery is one of the city’s oldest parks having been constructed on a plot gifted by the national railway authority back in the late 70’s. Built as far back as 1975 the Chatuchak Park occupies an impressive 30.4 hectares and was declared open to the public as early as 4th December, 1980.
Frequented by young locals and tourists alike the venue is a preferred picnic spot and leisure space for the residents of the area as well. Providing a stark contrast to the metropolitan and packed surroundings of the Chatuchak district which is also home to the famed Chatuchak Market, the locale serves as a safe haven devoted to nature amidst a concrete maze of modern structures.
As a community project funded by several community players, merchants and organization the building of the Chatuchak Park was a monumental feat in itself. This union of ideas and people is commemorated through a variety of sculptures and landmarks throughout the park which includes a clock tower, statues gifted from six Asian nations and a flower clock. Other highlights within the venue include its aromatic Herb Garden as well as its picturesque Thai Literature Garden, while a man-made lake also runs the length of the park as does a shaded jogging track ideal for exercise fanatics.
A series of captivating bridges have also been constructed along the lake’s route where one can observe fish varieties swimming and frolicking in the water. Boating activities are also available in the pond at the heart of the park. Cyclists on the other hand can explore the park along the Youth Traffic Garden which is laden with cycling tracks and legible traffic sign to aid bikers.
Another point of interest on-site which garners nearly 200,000 visitors is of course the Train Museum which is located inside the park. Documenting the evolution of the Thai railway and automobile industries this engaging museum is a must-see attraction for all visitors exploring the site.
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