If you’re looking for a city that combines the old with the new, the quiet with the chaotic, then you will love Bangkok. Famous for its ancient, glittering temples and wild nightlife, this metropolis seems to never sleep. But amidst all that hustle and bustle, there is a place right in the heart of this populous capital where you can find peace. And that place is Lumpini Park.
What is Lumpini Park
Bounded by Sarasin, Ratchadamri, Rama IV, and Witthayu Roads, this 57.6-hectare (or 142-acres) park situated at the heart of Bangkok is an oasis where people gather to relax and have fun. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a farang (foreigner) or a local – there’s plenty to see and do in this vast space of greenery.
Created by King Rama VI during the 1920s, Lumpini Park was named after the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal. It’s the first, oldest, and largest park in Bangkok. It’s also the perfect place to escape the noise and pollution of the city. Come here for a picnic with friends, to enjoy the sunset with a loved one, or to meet someone new.
What To Do at Lumpini Park
Aside from people-watching and watching the Bangkok skyscrapers from a distance, folks old and young can take pleasure in a myriad of activities.
Lovers can use the swan paddleboats; elders can join the Bangkok Elder Citizens Club to relax, exercise, and talk to other seniors; students can explore the various architecture at Lumpini Park, including the King Rama VI statue as well as the different ornamental gazebos and pavilions; book lovers can read under the trees from books borrowed at the Lumpini Park Library; and there are also all kinds of exercises, like Tai Chi, aerobics, and cycling along the paths.
There is an abundance of wildlife that can be found across the park too, such as birds, squirrels, and believe it or not, monitor lizards. Adults and children alike would surely enjoy watching these critters scurry about! Lumpini Park is open as early as 4.30am at dawn until about 9pm at night. If you’re lucky to have accommodations nearby, you can jog in the mornings, then eat lunch by the lake in the afternoon.
Lumpini Park, Bangkok Photos
Man and woman lying on the ground in Lumphini Park and looking at a Bangkok tourist map.
Women exercising in the outdoor gym at Lumphini Park.
Tall clock tower in the famous Lumphini Park in Bangkok.
The Bangkok skyline reflecting in the Lumphini Park lake photographed at sunset.
Amazing sunset photography over the lake in Lumphini Park, Bangkok.
Beautiful sunset over the Lumphini Park in Bangkok.
The Lumphini Park Lake during sunset with tall buildings in the background.
Black pigeon in Lumphini Park photographed on the ground while people are walking in the background.
People paddling through the Lumphini Park Lake with tall buildings in the background.
Two elderly men playing checkers at the park.
Shirtless man talking on the phone in the park photographed behind palm trees.
Green bench in Lumphini Park photographed next to an aerobic group.
Big lizard photographed in Lumphini Park with the lake in the background.
Girls enjoying the weather while sitting on the grass in Bangkok.
Young couple enjoying the sunshine in Lumphini Park, Bangkok.
Turtle sticking its head out in Lumphini Park, Bangkok.
Lumphini Park at Dusk with people sailing in swan boats.
Sunset photography of the Lumphini Park in Bangkok taken behind lush greenery.
Man exercising in a public gym at the Lumphini Park in Bangkok.
Man looking at his phone photographed through a public gym.
People exercising out in the open with tall palm trees in front of them.