The most unusual sights in Bangkok

Amulet Market, photo by zoonabar on Flickr

Bangkok can be described as noisy, bewildering, crowded, vivid and colorful – and anything but boring. Even the most ‘traditional’ seeming sights like temples and shrines can surprise you, and just walking down a street on a regular afternoon will not go by without discovering something unusual or interesting. Simply put, the Thai capital is one of the most interesting places on the planet, and even when you thought that you’ve seen it all, you can still stumble upon something that you would never expect. If you are the kind of traveler who likes to be surprised at every step, here are some of the most unusual sights in Bangkok that will bring even more excitement and wonder into your trip.

Forensic Museum, Phrannok Road

If you like watching crime shows and documentaries, the more gruesome the better, you will enjoy a visit to the Forensic Museum located in Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital. The displays are nothing is not extraordinary, and more often than not a bit unsettling too. Preserved bodies of serial killers adorn the walls of the museum, like the corpse of the infamous See-Uey, pictures of autopsies, displays of murder weapons and jars of preserved body parts.

Amulet Market, Wat Mahathat

Alms bowl, photo by Ben30

Wat Mahathat is the most famous temple in Bangkok, but the little market just next to it is just as interesting. If you’ve been looking for a way to boost your luck, to protect yourself against the evil eye or attract love, you should browse the wares at the Amulet Market, where there is probably an amulet for every single thing you can imagine. Pick up some talismans that might make your life better (and if not, they certainly look pretty), and maybe some traditional medicine too.

Mae Nak Shrine, Sukhumvit

Bangkok has its fair share of stories and urban legends, but the tragic tale of Mae Nak is one of the best known. Mae Nak was a woman who died in labor while her husband was at war, but she loved him so much that her spirit stayed on earth and remained at her husband’s side until he discovered that she was actually a ghost. The shrine is supposedly the burial site of Mae Nak, who became rather vengeful after her husband fled in terror. Today, people who don’t want to be conscripted to the military or who want to win the lottery come to pray at the shrine of Mae Nak.

Baan Bat, Rattanakosin

photo by Ahron de Leeuw on Flickr

Baan Bat, or the Monk’s Alm Bowl Making Village is the place where the alms bowls of monks come from, and where they have been produced for centuries. The Buddhist monks in the city carry these bowls with them on their morning rounds. The area might not look like anything unusual on the outside, but step inside one of the shops and you’ll see stacks of hundreds and hundreds of brass bowls waiting for their new owners.

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