Rattanakosin Island: Human Life in the City of Angels

“Krung Thep built by angels, the center of administration, glaring palaces and temples, the capital of Thailand”

It has been the official motto of Krung Thep (Bangkok) since 14th May, 2012. Rattanakosin Island might have been considered as the center and important historical and cultural landmarks of the city.

Rattanakosin Island located on the Phra Nakhon District, Krung Thep. The area covered by the Chao Phraya River and canals, it covered approximately 4.1 square kilometers, divided into 2 layers.

  1. Inner Rattanakosin Island, approximately 1.8 square kilometers, an area bordered by the Chao Phraya River and the Khlong Lod Canal. Located in the Grand Palace Sub-District with the most famous landmarks such as the Grand Palace, Sanam Luang, Thammasat University, Tha Prachan, and City Pillar Shrine.
  2. Outer Rattanakosin Island, another 2.3 square kilometers, located in the Phra Nakhon District. Is an area surrounded by The Chao Phraya River in the north, the Bang Lamphu Canal, the One Ang Canal, and connects the Chao Phraya River at the south. The historical landmarks are the Democracy Monument, the Giant Swing, Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market) , Pom Mahakan (Mahakan fort) and Pom Phra Sumen (Phra Sumen Fort).

Photographer: Varuth Pongsapipatt
Author: Jamas Kositvichaya

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