Lumpini Park was created in the 1920s by King Rama VI on royal property. It is 142 acres of lush open space located in the center of Bangkok and is used daily by many locals as a place to jog, exercise and escape the blaring sun as the park offers ample shade throughout.
The park was named after the Buddha's birth place in Nepal. It is a great place to relax for a while with it’s huge, peaceful green expanse and several lakes. You can hire boats, stroll, jog, watch people doing tai chi or maybe have a picnic - minus alcohol though - according to park signs anyway.
The park features many sculptures including a statue of the king which stands at the south-western entrance to the park. Another great attraction are the huge monitor lizards that call the park home. They can be a little intimidating at first but you’ll soon realise they are not going to hurt you and that they are actually very interesting and beautiful. They wander around in the park, but are also great swimmers, so you'll see them going in and out of the lakes too.
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