After breakfast this morning (Thur, 21st) we decided to take in the beautiful weather at Bangkok’s Lumphini Park. Much like Central Park in New York City, Lumphini is a large 142-acre oasis in the heart of the busy Thai city where people can jog, bike, rent paddle boats and picnic away from the busyness of city life.
But how is this park different than most all other parks? It the home of hundreds of Giant Monitor Lizards! The lizards, however, are not dangerous to humans, eating mainly dead fish, turtles and birds.
Lumphini Park was created in the 1920s by King Rama VI on royal property. This place was a museum, where many products and natural resources were shown, then after World War I, it was rebuilt into the first park in Bangkok. In World War II the park was a Japanese Army camp. A statue of the king stands at the southwest entrance to the park. It was named after Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha in Nepal, and at the time of its creation stood on the outskirts of the city.
Gallery – Lumpini Park – Bangkok
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