Bangkok is a megacity with a population of over 10 million people. Every inch seems to be taken up by concrete, asphalt, and skyscrapers. Lumpini Park (or Lumphini Park) is a 142-acre oasis of green in the middle of the concrete jungle.
While Lumpini isn’t the only park in Bangkok, it is certainly one of the most popular and the largest greenspace in the downtown area. Located in the business district with close proximity to the Sky Train and Silom MRT station adds to its popularity.
The park was founded in the 1920’s by King Rama VI and was named after the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal. A memorial statue of King Rama VI sits at the main entrance to the park at the corner of Silom Rd and Rama IV Road.
Things To Know About Lumpini Park
Lumpini Park is enclosed by walls and there are six entrances to the park. It is not uncommon for some of the entrances to be closed. The safest bet is to head to the main entrance at the intersection of Silom and Rama IV roads. It is behind the statue of King Rama VI.
If you are going by the MRT (Subway / Metro), the Silom Station exits right at the entrance to the park. If you are taking the Sky Train, the Sala Daeng Station is the closest. If you are travelling on the Sukhumvit Line, you’ll need to change trains at Siam Station and get on the Silom line. It is much better than a sweaty 20 minute walk from the Chit Lom Station.
Other points to note about Lumpini Park
- Hours are from 4:30AM – 9PM
- No dogs are allowed in the park
- Bicycles are allowed between 10AM – 3PM
- No smoking in the park. They do catch and fine tourists.
What To Do In Lumpini Park
Lumpini park is a popular spot to exercise. There are over 1.5 miles of paths within the park that are used for walking, jogging, and bike riding. You’ll also find people practicing Tai Chi and taking an aerobics class. There is also an outdoor gym for weightlifting and a basketball court.
If you prefer more leisurely activities they rent paddle boats and row boats to cruise around the lake. Picnic areas and playgrounds are scattered around the lake. There are plenty of trees and lots of shade around the park to get out of the hot Bangkok sun.
On weekends the park hosts a variety of bands from Jazz musicians to classical orchestra.
The Lumpini Park Lizards
There be dragons in Lumpini Park. You might get startled on your first visit when you stumble across one of the many large monitor lizards that call Lumpini Park home. Some can be quite large in size, some over 6 feet long. They are oftentimes confused with the larger and more dangerous Komodo Dragon.
While they may not be Komodo Dragons, it is best to leave them alone. The Asian Monitor Lizards do have powerful jaws and sharp teeth and claws. They have been coexisting with humans in the park for years and aren’t aggressive. But don’t try to feed or get too close and press your luck, they are a wild animal.