The Bangkok Noi Cultural Walk is a guided walking tour of historic Bangkok Noi
Wat Suwannaram has existed since Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand (1350 to 1767). It occupies an intriguing place in both history and literature. In 1774, on the orders of King Taksin, Burmese prisoners of war were executed on the temple grounds. Sunthorn Phu, Thailand’s greatest court poet, mentions Wat Suwannaram in his poem Nirad Pra Pathom (1842) as the temple where his younger sisters were cremated. Here also is found the reliquary – a grand pagoda – of Prince Suthat, another famous poet. The temple in addition has some of the most beautiful murals to be seen among temples in Thailand.
This market had its heyday during the time of King Rama V (1868-1910) when business flourished with the establishment of the southern railway. The floating market is no longer there, though the interesting roof still is. If you’re lucky you might catch a charming performance by the local children during your visit.
Thai Traditional Apothecary Shop
This shop was established in 1936 by Mr. Sa-nguan Laotrakul, called Moh Nguan (Doctor Nguan). The family has passed down Moh Nguan’s knowledge through the generations. Some recipes have been written down, while others are recorded only in the memories of the family.
The Khan Long Hin Factory
The making of khan long hin, bronzeware, has been an important craft and industry of the Ban Bu community in Bangkok Noi since the past. The first pieces of khan long hin were made of scraps from Chinese musical instruments belonging to a Chinese opera troupe. The copper and bronze scraps come from other sources now, but the bowls remain quintessentially elegant.
Thonburi Locomotive Garage
Yes, Bangkok Noi remembers a time when trains were powered by steam and were called locomotives. There are five steam locomotives on display in this garage, all Japanese models: two C56, two Pacific, and a Mikado. If you come during the River Kwai Bridge Festival, the anniversary of the establishment of the State Railway of Thailand, or on King Chulalongkorn Day, you might see them operational to celebrate the occasion.