CULTURE

Thailand’s beating heart, Bangkok is ultra-modern while retaining its gracious roots and traditions. Thai culture is embedded in every aspect of the capital, from food to arts.

TEMPLES

With over 400 temples scattered across the city, Bangkok is a religious center and home of the oldest temple in the country as well as a jaw-dropping 46-meter-long reclining Buddha.

SHOPPING

Bangkok is one of the world’s shopping meccas and retail recreation is an attraction in itself, from upscale brands to independent Thai designers scattered across the bustling city.

DINING

The dining scene in Bangkok is one of the most dynamic in the world, from street food to refined gastronomy, Thai to international cuisines, 24 hours a day.

Diverse and intoxicating, Bangkok is on the “must go” list for travelers worldwide. Famed for its rich culture, glittering temples and urban appeal, Thailand’s capital is home to numerous treasures.  The City of Angels, or Krung Thep as it is known in Thai, is a pleasure to explore and discover unique crafts and sophisticated designs, lively street food, and dazzling temples and palaces.

Rosewood Bangkok is situated in a prime location in the city’s central business district along Ploenchit and Sukhumvit Roads, within an enclave encompassing embassies, new residential towers, offices and upscale retail outlets. It connects with ease to Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang expressways and has direct access to the Ploenchit BTS station. To truly experience the destination, dive into Bangkok’s famed cuisine, go for a picturesque cruise down the Chao Praya river or shop at the vast selection of street vendors and upscale malls.

TEMPLES

Wat Phra Kaew

Located within the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the sacred Wat Phra Kaew is also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha – a highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. Its origins are lost to time, but the statue is believed to have been discovered in the northern city of Chiang Rai in 1434 A.D., after a stucco Buddha image was struck by lightning, revealing the remarkable treasure within. The Emerald Buddha is raised on a series of platforms which no one is allowed near except His Majesty the King, who performs a cloaking ceremony three times a year.  The auspicious ritual is believed to bring good luck and fortune to each season.

Wat Phra Kaew is located 7 km from Rosewood Bangkok. Please contact our concierge to book a taxi to the renowned temple.

Wat Po

The oldest temple in Bangkok, Wat Po houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, more than any wat or temple in Thailand. The temple is also home to the stunning 46-meter-long, 15-meter-high Reclining Buddha. The image, named Phra Phuttha Saiyat, was built during the reign of King Rama III in 1832. This impressive wat is also the home of Thai massage which is still taught on site with sessions available; it makes for a relaxing break from sightseeing.   In the mid-1800s King Rama III established the country's first ever university here.

Wat Po is situated next to Wat Phra Kaew and is 7 km from Rosewood Bangkok.

Wat Arun

The most recognizable and unique temple in the country, Wat Arun sits on the opposite bank of the river to the Grand Palace. Meaning “temple of dawn,” its magnificent Khmer-influenced central spire, known as a prang, symbolizes the mountain at the center of the Buddhist universe. Wat Arun was envisioned by King Taksin in 1768; it is documented that he arrived at the temple just as dawn was breaking. The stunning temple is a true representation of Thai craftsmanship with its colored glass and Chinese porcelain placed delicately into 70-meter-long patterns.

Wat Arun is located across the Chao Praya river from Wat Po. The Tha Tien Pier operates river crossing boats for only THB3 per trip.