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Lumphini Park, Pathum Wan, Bangkok

Visiting this park for the first time in October 2103 it  was surprising to see many tents pitched in the park, these belonged to a rally of the so called People's Army against Thaksin Regime.  General  Preecha Iamsuphan, core member of the People's Army rang a bell to start Sunday's political rally in Lumphini Park.  National police chief Adul Saengsingkaew said there were about 4,000 demonstrators in the park . This community had shops, stalls, hairdressers, in fact a small village had been set up near to the park entrance.

Lumphini Park is a  142 acre  park in Bangkok, Thailand. The park offers rare open public space, trees and playgrounds in the Thai capital and contains an artificial lake where visitors can rent a variety of boats. The boats look tiring, they are pedal boats I prefer boats with some form of power. The lake is huge and makes a picturesque spot for a picnic. Paths around the park totalling about 2.5 km in length are a popular area for evening joggers and cyclist. Officially, cycling is only permitted during the day between the times of 10 am to 3 pm. There is a smoking ban throughout the park, and dogs are prohibited. Many cyclist use this park to full advantage it seems. So watch out crossing the roads.

Having visited this park in October, I found it peaceful, restful but boring. The gardens were not what I expected. It just needs some tender loving care and more plants.  Lumphini Park was created in the 1920’s by King Rama VI on royal property. A statue of the king stands at the south western entrance to the park.

The park was named after Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in Nepal, Lumbini, is one of the fourteen zones of Nepal and is home to Lumbini site, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became the historical Buddha and founder of the Buddhist philosophy. A statue of  king Rama V1 stands at the south western entrance to the park. at the time of its creation it stood on the outskirts of the city. Today it lies in the heart of the main business district and is in the Lumphini sub district, on the north side of Rama IV Road, between Ratchadamri Road and Witthayu Road.It has Bangkok's first public library and dance hall. During wintertime, the Palm Garden of Lumphini Park becomes the site for the annual Concert in the Park festival featuring classical music by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and other bands.