If New York City has its Central Park, Bangkok has its equivalent in Lumphini Park. Green lung and quiet heart of the city, Lumphini Park is the ideal place to spend a quiet afternoon when the chaos of Bangkok can reach you and to know another reality of the inhabitants who live in the city.
Its history and activities
Its history dates back to 1925, when King Rama VI subsidized the land and ordered the construction of the park. It was initially created to serve as an exhibition center and local crafts. Although this original vision was never realized, Lumphini Park has been transformed over the years into an active recreation center where you can run, walk, train for different sports. There is a basketball court, a gym and a public swimming pool. During the day, the park is frequented by locals for all kinds of outdoor sports, including outdoor gyms for weight training and free Tai Chi sessions. In the afternoon, the atmosphere is much more childlike, with families and children playing in every corner of the place. Towards the evening of each day, an aerobics group gathers to exercise for free to music with instructors. Anyone can participate. There is a good atmosphere and the crowd of people exercising adds a positive energy.
In the center of the park is a lake where you can rent swan-shaped water bikes.
The park is inhabited by many giant monitor lizards or giant lizards. These lizards are completely harmless. If you are one of those who like to run or exercise in the morning, a great place to stay in Bangkok is near the park. At 6pm, it is traditional to play the Thai anthem over the loudspeaker. As a sign of respect, everyone stands up and sings the anthem. Please note that smoking and alcohol are not allowed.
How to get to Lumphini Park:
Hours of operation are 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and admission is free.
Apart from getting there by cab or tuk tuk from anywhere in the city, the best way to get to Lumphhini Park is to take the BTS to Saladaeng station or the MRT to Lumphini or Silom stations.
Rama IV Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand