Wat Phra Si Mahathat
This temple is the only Royal First Class Temple in Bangkok that is situated outside the historic area of Rattanakosin island. Wat Phra Si Mahathat was the first temple built by the state in honour of the introduction of democracy following the Siamese revolution of 1932.
In 1940, a special envoy was sent on a mission to British India and received a piece of the Buddha’s relic found at Dharmarajika Stupa, Taxila. He also brought back five branches of the Bodhi Tree (at the Mahabodhi Temple) and some soil samples from various sacred Buddhist sites. The government decided to enshrine all of these venerated relics at the temple, and thereafter elevated the temple’s status to be under the royal patronage.
Museum Of Contemporary Art
Love, faith, loyalty, religion and the monarchy have been reflected through various works of arts since ancient times in Thailand. This long history of Thai arts has been assembled at MOCA in honour of King Rama IX, and to recognize the efforts taken by ‘Father of Thai Contemporary Arts’ Professor Silpa Bhirasri, in elevating Thai art at the world stage.
Spanning 6 floors, the building houses a vast collection of local and international artwork, sculptures and performing arts pieces. The building itself portrays the idea that it has been aesthetically carved from a single piece of granite. The most striking feature of the building is the openwork carvings which adorn either side of the facade, resembling enchanting plumes of jasmine cascading down the wall.
Guests have the option of returning to Barefeet Resort, or being dropped at Chatuchak Weekend Market after the trip. Taxis are easily available from the market back to the resort.
Also known as JJ Market, it is the world’s largest weekend market, with more than 15,000 stalls divided into 26 sections. Chatuchak Market sells many different kinds of goods, including plants, antiques, consumer electronics, cosmetics, pets, fresh and dry food and drinks, ceramics, furniture and home accessories, clothing, and books.