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Top 10 Most Unusual Sights in Bangkok

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Bangkok is a city with contrasts and contradictions and seems to be a fertile breeding ground for the strange and beautiful. Some of these sights you will stumble upon without looking for them.

The number one most unusual sights of Bangkok is the Phallic Shrine. At the Goddes Tubtim Shrine you will see hundreds of oversized phalluses of many different shapes and sizes. They are all standing tall and proud. After they were found in the grounds of the Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel, many people travel there hoping to find fertility.

The number two most unusual sights of Bangkok is Ko Kret. This is a community of pottery-making Mons who are believed to be the first inhabitants of Thailand. They sought refuge on this unspoiled manmade island in the 18th century. The island is located in the middle of the Chao Phraya River, they still inhabit the island along with their unique take on Buddhism and their unique identity.

The number three most unusual sights of Bangkok is the Spirit Houses. These spirit houses can be seen everywhere from people's homes to the high rise buildings. There is very little real estate, which does not have a spirit house on it. The spirit houses are considered to be homes for the roaming spirits of the city and symbols of Thailand's spiritual diversity.

The number four of the top 10 most unusual sights in Bangkok is the Corrections Museum. The corrections museum is located on Mahachai Road. This museum is the place if you wish to learn about the shocking punishments received by the offenders in Thailand in the not so distant past. The museum was once the location of Bangkok's Remand Prison, which was an old, overcrowded penal facility located in the middle of Bangkok. In 1990, the cabinet relocated the prison to Ladyao and turned this site into a public park called Rommani Nart. Three blocks, a cellblock a side of the prison and the two watchtowers is all that remains which is now the Corrections Museum. Horrible corporal punishment tools and weapons displayed in the museum show the severity of the old penal system. It was a sadistic system based on retribution through severe punishment and suffering. The life-sized wax figures act out the execution scenes with painful precision. There is a harsh highlight of a man-sized rattan ball pierced with nail pointing inward. Unfortunate prisoners were placed inside and an elephant used to kick the ball around. Other area exhibit furniture and hand made crafts made by the prisoner from across Thailand are available for purchase.

The number five most unusual sights in Bangkok is the Forensic Museum. If you are into the unusual this just might be the place for you to visit. Inside this museum on display are preserved corpses of convicted killer, like Thailand's most famous mass murderer See-Uey. See-Uey is said to be a Chinese cannibal. Along with the corpses are the murder weapons. This is a gut-wrenching exhibition of autopsy photos and glass jars containing stillborn children pickled in formaldehyde. This museum borders on a museum of parasitology, medical history, and anthropology. Next door is the Museum of Anatomy housed in an old 1930's building, which contains a close-up and personal look of the human body. Medical students often visit the museum.

The number six most unusual sights in Bangkok is the Royal Dragon Restaurant. The traditionally Chinese maidens whiz around on roller skates while juggling plates of seafood. The amazing flying waiters soar through the air on a cable and harness, delivering dishes without any spillage. There is over 1000 staff members working in this restaurant which seats 5000 people and there are 25,000 plates to wash every night. This is the largest restaurant in the world.

The number seven most unusual sights in Bangkok is the Amulet Market, which is located in Chinatown or at Wat Ratchands, but the best place to find an amulet and in turn find good luck is at Wat Mahatat. Every Sunday hundreds of the faithful study tiny Buddha images with magnifying glasses, looking for the amulet, which will give luck at getting the girl, pass exams, find riches or ward off the mother-in-law.

The number eight most unusual sights in Bangkok is the Giant Swing. This swing is the focal point in an ancient Hindu Brahmin ritual. This ritual thanks the God Shiva for the rice harvest. Participants at one time used the swing to allow them to swing 80 feet in the air while trying to grab a bag of silver with their teeth. King Rama VII banned the practice because of the number of deaths caused because of the swing.

The number nine most unusual sights in Bangkok is the Mae Nak Shrine. This is the only shrine in Thailand which has its own television set, switched on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A young woman died in labor while her husband was at war, which is the beginning of a fascinating ghost story. It is said today, young men wishing to get out of military duty come here to enlist her help. Sometimes people looking for those winning lottery number will ask for her assistance.

The number 10 most unusual sights in Bangkok is the First Execution Chamber. Wat Khongkha in Chinatown was the location where criminal members of the Royal family were disposed of in the early Rattanokosin period. To prevent the Royal blood from staining the Kingdom and the floors, the criminal member of the Royal family was place in a red sack, and beaten to death with a fragrant sandalwood club.


Last Updated: 27 Feb 2008