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Pathum Wan is a exciting area of Bangkok in Thailand

Pathum Wan is a exciting area of Bangkok in Thailand. You could spend just one day here and still not see everything. Pathum Wan or Pathumwan is one of the 50 districts ( Khet ) of Bangkok, Thailand.

The district is bounded by six other districts (from north clockwise): Ratchathewi  across the canal Khlong Saen Saeb, Watthana, Khlong Toei, Sathon, Bang Rak, Pom Prap Sattru Phai  ( across the canal Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem ), and Dusit. The embassies of Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States are located in Pathum Wan

The district is sub divided into four sub districts ( Kwaeng ).

1.  Rong Mueang   2.  Wang Mai    3.  Pathum Wan   4.  Lumphini

The district was established in 1914. It is named after a Buddhist temple Wat Pathum Wanaram ( literally meaning lotus forest temple ) and the nearby Sa Pathum Palace

( means lotus pond palace ). Both were built to the order of King Mongkut ( Rama IV ) and named so, because of an abundance of lotus in Khlong Saen Saeb during his reign.

Pathum Wan is best known for it's shopping centres. Siam Centre is the oldest one in the area. Opened in 1973, it is now flanked by Siam Discovery Centre and Siam Paragon ( opened December 2005 ).

One of the most crowded and popular to both local people and tourists is MBK Centre ( also known as Mah Boon Krong ). This is perhaps the largest area of Mobile phones for sale around Bangkok. It is packed with shops offering fashion items, mobile phones and souvenirs. A covered, air-conditioned pedestrian bridge over Phaya Thai Road connects to a congested sister shopping centre, the Bonanza Mall, which mostly sells inexpensive clothing and fashion accessories.

Amarin Shopping Centre, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand.

Big C store, Ratchadamri Road, Bangkok, Thailand