On Ratchadaphisek Road you will find Thailand Cultural Centre MRT station and you might be wondering why I would possibly tell you to go there. Well, in the station there is a fantastic painting by Rudi Pillen called “The Travellers.” It was given to the Mass Rapid Transport Authority of Bangkok as a sign of good relations between Thailand and Belgium. A treat for art lovers in an otherwise drab MRT station.
The Siam Society is on Asok Montri Road and was established in 1903 to promote artistic, scientific and other cultural affairs of Thailand. Today, the society hosts lectures, events and field trips in keeping with its original purpose.
There is a sluice gate in Phra Khanong which is the oldest one in Bangkok. It was built in 1908 by a Dutch engineer who also helped to establish the Royal Irrigation Department. It is by no means attractive, it’s a sluice gate, but there is an interesting little walk through the streets behind the main Sukhumvit Road. It’s not that easy to find but the best way to get to it is to turn first right after Fair Tower on Soi 50.
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