The lively area of Tha Phra Chan used to be the palace of Prince Prachak Silpakom. Along Maha Rat and Phra Chan Roads surrounding Wat Maha that is the biggest amulet market in Bangkok where an array of amulets stands are found.
Formally known as “Thammasat Lae Kan Mueang University” (Moral and Political Sciences). Established in 1934, this university is the second modern university in Thailand. In the beginning, the university offered only courses in law and political economy. Later, the university was developed to have wider fields of study and the name was shortened to “Thammasat University”.
One of the most significant religious places on Rattanakosin Island. First built in the Ayutthaya Period (1350-1967) it became more and more important in the Rattanakosin Era. In King Rama I’s reign (1782-1809), the temple was the residence of the patriarch. In King Rama V’s reign (1868-1910), it was the place where the Royal Crematorium was built and processed.
Tha Chang (elephant pier) was built in the reign of King Rama I (1782-1809). In the past, elephants from the Grand Palace were brought to this area to take a bath. At present, Tha Chang has a ferry jetty, with a number of retail shops and a market. At the corner of the Tha Chang area, there are old shophouses built during King Rama V’s reign (1868-1910) with beautiful plaster pediment, pilasters, and stucco.