Saturday, December 22, 2012

Good morning Old Bangkok 3:
Artsy Phra Athit Road

See the locations on Old Bangkok Buildings Google Map

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Where Phra Athit Road turns into Phra Sumen Road


Not looking for the neon lights, the souvenir stalls and the crowd of backpackers in Khao San Road, but for heritage? Then Thanon Phra Athit ถนนพระอาทิตย์, located along Chao Phraya River, may be your road for a stroll and for your dinner or for a drink, because it's known for its bars and artsy restaurants and also for some shops. It's not far away. First you may arrive at Santichan Prakan Park with Phra Sumen Fort (from 1783), one of the two remaining of fourteen forts, that used to guard the ancient city. From the park a riverside walk leads to Pra Pinklao bridge and to some restaurants with riverview. Phra Athit road also shows you the architecture of old Bangkok with shophouses and palaces:


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Phra Sumen Fort


Bann Chao Phraya บ้านเจ้าพระยา (Wang Grom Muen Sathit Damrong Sawat): Next to Sumeru Fortress on Chao Phraya River. Originally the palace of Prince Sathit Thamroungsawat, son of King Rama II. Later it was Prince Khamrob's palace. The two-storey brick building is supposed to have been built between 1868 and 1910. Architectural characteristics are "the delicate perforated wooden porch, the window facades overlaid with half-circle glass, the curved upper balcony", notes Donruetai Kovathanakul in a research project. See picture by flatkrab


Bann Phra Arthit บ้านพระอาทิตย์: Wang Thanon Phra Arthit Tee Nuang. House Number 102/1 Phra Athit Road. Finance Minister Phraya Vorapomgpipat (Wang Chao Woraphong Pipat วังเจ้าพระยาวรพงศ์พิพัฒน์) constructed the building in 1926. From 1962 to 1989 the Goethe Institut rented this house. Now it is the office of Manager Media Group. And it houses the restaurant Coffee&More บ้านพระอาทิตย์. See gallery. See pictures on soidb.com. See also picture on bloggang.com and here

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Buddhist Association of Thailand:

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Bann Maliwan: Also called Maliwan Palace and Wang Grom Phra Nares Worarit. It was originally the palace of Prince Worarit, son of King Rama IV. During Woröd War II it was command-post for Seri-Thai, the Free Thai Mouvement. It is also known as Tha Chang Mansion. Today its the office of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. It was built by the Italian architect Ercole Manfredi.

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Wang Grom Phra Sawatdiwatwisit: This building was first the residence of a consort of King Rama IV. Today its the Unicef-Buiding (United Nations Children's Fund).


Prince Adisaranuwongse Sukhasvati's Palace:

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Restaurants on Phra Athit Road
Read more in the Banglamphoo section of Mouthwatering Food in Bangkok



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