Bangkok: A Cultural History

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In this vibrant cultural history, Maryvelma O'Neil takes us on an engaging tour of Bangkok, revealing the rich ancient heritage of this fascinating city. The capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, Bangkok stands out as a place of extraordinary allure. Beginning as a floating city in a lush tropical setting, known to foreigners as the "Venice of the East," its majestic Grand Palace and glittering Buddhist temples today compete with chimneystacks and a jungle of skyscrapers. O'Neil illuminates a city rich in art, ...
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Overview


In this vibrant cultural history, Maryvelma O'Neil takes us on an engaging tour of Bangkok, revealing the rich ancient heritage of this fascinating city. The capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, Bangkok stands out as a place of extraordinary allure. Beginning as a floating city in a lush tropical setting, known to foreigners as the "Venice of the East," its majestic Grand Palace and glittering Buddhist temples today compete with chimneystacks and a jungle of skyscrapers. O'Neil illuminates a city rich in art, history, royal ceremony, and tradition and she uncovers fascinating pockets of traditional indigenous life and places of intense beauty hidden in Bangkok's labyrinthine lanes and alleys.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195342529
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Series: Cityscapes Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Maryvelma O'Neil is an art historian. A portion of her royalties will be donated to help preserve murals in Thailand's Buddhist temples.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
First Impressions Rattanokosin/Sino-Siamese City City in Transition/Europeanizing City Miniature Democracy/Last Absolute Monarch Long Era of the Dictators/A Royal Tragedy American Plans/Thaithanic Sex in the City/Post-Modern City
Chapter One: City of Kings
Sukhothai and Ayutthaya Grand Palace The River of Kings
Klongs of Thonburi Rajadamnern (Royal Walk)
Chapter Two: City of Temples and Shrines
Wat Arun Wat Pho Golden Mount and Wat Saket Erawan Shrine
Chapter Three: City of Missionaries and Merchants
Sampheng New Road Strangers in a Strange Land Oriental Hotel
Chapter Four: City of Legends
Silpa Bhirasri Memorial Gallery Jim Thompson Museum House M.R. Kukrit Pramoj Heritage Home

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