Bangkok Art & Culture Centre

#5 in Best Things To Do in Bangkok
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Key Info

Wang Mai, Pathum Wan

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) is a relatively new mixed-use arts space. Many liken its contemporary architecture to the Guggenheim, and the artwork inside – which ranges from painting to performance – pushes the aesthetic envelope just as much as the pieces in the famed New York City museum. A lot of travelers like the BACC simply because it's something to do other than shopping or going to a holy site. And unlike many of Bangkok's other top attractions, crowds are limited here, making it the best environment to admire the facility's cool art.

BACC is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. To reach the BACC, take the skytrain to the Stadium National stop; the center is located at the Pathumwan Intersection. For more information, visit the website

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Wat Arun, meaning "Temple of the Dawn," is named for the Hindu god Aruna, God of Dawn. And fittingly, this 270-foot temple is glorious to behold at dawn or sunset. The temple is covered from top to bottom with mosaics, pieced together by Chinese porcelain. To experience it, visitors can pay a small admission price to climb inside the temple's central prang, but keep in mind that the steps are steep and the stairway is very narrow.

Many travelers rave about Wat Arun for its beauty and tranquility – that is if you get there before the crowds. Recent visitors report crowds here aren't as bad as they are at the Grand Palace or Wat Pho but it's still best to get here early if you want to experience the attraction at its most peaceful. No matter what time you go, be sure your knees and shoulders are covered. And depending on where you go in Wat Arun, you may be required to take your shoes off. 

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