Phaya Thai BTS station: Things to do Part 2/2

In this post, we will explore 4 more important attractions worth to visit. They can be reached by exiting at the Exit 4 of Phaya Thai BTS  station. The you can take a short bus ride (10 minutes.)

Don’t forget to check the part 1 out

Let’s ride on a bus from Phaya Thai BTS station

Let’s talk about another form of super unreliable (in term of schedule) transportation, Bangkok Buses. Why would I say that? Since we don’t have a fixed schedule for bus. So if you are lucky, sometimes you can find 3 buses within 15 minutes while another bus might take about 30 minutes to arrive. This is probably due to the traffic congestion in Bangkok. Moreover, it’s even worse in the rush hour time (7-9 am and 4-7 pm.)

Number 72 and 503 are the two that you have to remember.

Any way since it’s cheap and fit perfectly in the public transportation theme here. Then I will also take the advantage of it. At the bus stop near the exit 4 (less than 5 minute walk,) there are two interesting bus lines those you can take to reach our destinations. Just remember to take either the number 72 (without AC) for 6.50 Baht (20 cents) or number 503 (with AC) for 11 baht (1/3 of a dollar.)

Another option might be using the Taxis or Tuk Tuk, the price should be around 50 baht depending on the traffic (or 100 baths for heavy traffic).

“Bok Duay Vé La Teung Wat Ben-cha”

When you board the bus, you can tell the money collector that you want to exit at Wat Ben-Ja or speak this in Thai ““Bok Duay Vé La Teung Wat Ben-cha” or Please tell me when we reach Bencha Temple. Or if you want to count the intersections, it’s just two. When you starting seeing the long wall on the right (belonging to King’s palace) and the green large field on the left (belonging to Dusit Golf Club), you know that you are close to our stop.

Phaya Thai BTS station
Map

After you cross the last intersection, you will see the temple on the left side. You should let the driver know by now. So he can stop the bus for you.

First Destination: Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple)

Admission Fee – 20 Baht

Open every day – Try to be here before 3 pm to be safe.

Marble Temple or Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram (can be translated as Temple of the fifth King) built in 1899 as the request of King Rama V. Most of the temple were constructed from Italian marble, in this temple you will witness the beauty of marble architecture and have a chance to pray respect to 52 Buddha statues (in different signs).

It’s said the ashes of the Founder King of Thailand, Rama I, was buried under the main Buddha Image which located at the center of the main hall. If you happen to have five-baht coin, you can also see the image of the main hall on tail  of the coin.

If you have spare time, this temple is also one of the many places you should visit.

Next Destination: Parusakawan Palace and Police Museum

After you conclude your visit at the marble temple, you will start heading west along the Si Ayutthaya road (the same road that the bus used) to our next destination. After you reach the intersection, you will see the royal plaza with the King Rama V monument standing up in the middle of the plaza. Don’t worry, we will go there later after we finish with this attraction. Just crossing the street, you will see the yellowish crème building, that’s our destination.

Parusakawan Palace

Free Admission

Open Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. (Close on all public holidays)

The villa was instructed to be built by king Rama V for His Royal Highness Crown Prince, Rama VI. The villa is in the north of the Parusakawan Palace, and the only place which allowed public access. The building was built by the Italian architect, Mario Tamagno, in 1900s. Hence, the villa architecture was inspired and influenced by Italian style. The interior was decorated in the Art Nouveau style and with Baroque and Rococo arts, which were popular in Europe during that time.

Currently, the villa houses the exhibition on the stories of many royal duties of the King Bhumibol, Rama IX.

Police Museum

Free Admission

Open Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. (Close on all public holidays)

In here you will learn more about Thai police. One of my favorite exhibitions is about the police uniforms from the Sukhohai era (700 years ago) to the current uniform. However, most of the exhibitions are only in Thai language. So it’s not worth to visit it alone without visiting Parusakawan Palace.

Next Destination: The Ananta Samakom Throne Hall and Borommangalanusarania Pavilion

The Ananta Samakom Throne Hall and

Admission Fee 150 baht

Open every day except Monday, 10 am – 4 pm.

The Ananta Samagom Throne Hall architect was inspired by Italian Renaissance and Neo Classic. It was built as the reception hall for King Rama V and completed in 1915. Similarly to the marble temple, the hall was built with Italian marble by commission of the architects Mario Tamagno and Annibale Rigottia. The hall is now served as the museum. It is from time to time employed for certain state occasions such as the celebration of 60th anniversary year of the reign of King Rama IX.

Photos is allowed only on the outside of the hall. Moreover, the dress code is very strict such as women have to wear only skirts. However, there is a vendor that sale clothes for 50 baht in the information area.

The museum is on the “exceptional exhibit of the finest arts and crafts from the 9th Reign of the House of Chakri created by Queen Sirikit Institute, Chitralada Villa.”

Please visit the official site for more information.

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