We can thank Vajiravudh for Lumphini Park. Rama VI, who also translated Shakespeare into Thai, made this royal property public green space in the 1920s. Now surrounded by high-rise office buildings, it is a much-needed leafy getaway from the concrete jungle outside its gates.
As is the case with most parks, people come here to run. Early in the morning there are also a lot of yoga and t’ai chi ch’uan groups that practice. In the afternoon high-energy aerobics classes with scores of participants are held: the classes are free and open to anyone wandering by who wants to feel the burn.
There are a couple of weight-lifting stations and a swimming pool with open hours in the morning and afternoon. The park is also nice for walking and lying about. Families come here on the weekend, stretch out on colorful woven mats, and while away the day.
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