Santiphap Park (Park of Peace), Bangkok

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Santiphap Park (Thai: สวนสันติภาพ, RTGS: Suan Santiphap, literally "Peace Park") is an 8-acre (0.032 km2) park in Bangkok, Thailand. It is located between Ratchawithi Road and Rang Nam Road in Ratchathewi district.


The land on which Santiphap Park is built is leased from the Crown Property Bureau by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). It was previously the site of subsidized housing overseen by the National Housing Authority. The BMA obtained a 30-year lease, beginning in October 1990. Construction on the park began in 1997.
Santiphap Park was opened to the public on August 18, 1998. The name Santiphap, meaning "peace", as well as the date of the park's opening, commemorate the end of World War II, which took place 53 years earlier.
The dove is the symbol of Santiphap Park. A blackened bronze sculpture situated in the park's central pond depicts a dove carrying in its beak an olive branch with five blossoms, representing the spread of peace throughout the world. The sculpture is based on a drawing by Pablo Picasso.
The entrance signs to Santiphap Park are a facsimile of the handwriting of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, a renowned Buddhist monk, philosopher and pacifist.


Over 30 species of birds have been recorded in the park since its creation. Birds most often seen or heard there: rock pigeon, spotted dove, zebra dove, plaintive cuckoo, common koel, coppersmith barbet, Asian palm-swift, streak-eared bulbul, black-naped oriole, large-billed crow, oriental magpie-robin, pied fantail, black-collared starling, Asian pied starling, common myna, white-vented myna, olive-backed sunbird, scarlet-backed flowerpecker, Eurasian tree sparrow. Common winter (October-March) visitors: barn swallow, red-breasted flycatcher, inornate warbler. Species which are seen there less often (but all year round): Chinese pond-heron, little egret, striated heron, painted stork, house swift, common iora, common tailorbird, yellow-vented bulbul, red-whiskered bulbul, house sparrow. Less common winter visitors: ashy drongo, brown shrike. In the wasteland on which the park was later constructed, white-breasted waterhen, black-capped kingfisher, and verditer flycatcher were also recorded. Much more unusually for central Bangkok,

orange-headed thrush and laced woodpecker have been recorded in a quieter condominium garden 50 m from the park.


The park contains a public address system which is used to broadcast a numbered list of park rules at 07:00, 08:00, 15:00, and 18:00; the national anthem at 08:00 and 18:00; and Thai music 07:00-10:00 and 15:00-18:00 most days. The rules and anthem are often audible from over a block away. Complaints by local residents have been ignored by the park management. The central circular paved area in the park is used for aerobics 18:00-18:45, weather permitting.


Santiphap Park is open from 05:00 until 21:00, and is used by 2-3,000 people on working days, and 3-4,000 on holidays.
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  • 內有各項運動設施及健康步道的造景公園,正門Ratchathewi Rd.,後門RangNam Rd. 入口處有園內各項植物的圖案與文字說明,鄰近Tesco Lotus RangNam branch、King Power RangNam、BTS 勝利紀念碑Victory Monument、勝碑世紀影城Century the Movie Victory Monument。  more »
  • I had been there while staying at different hotels in this area but in my last trip I stayed at the hotel at the park view room. It was so nice to have the scenic view of park in the morning made me.....  more »
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  • Great place for running. Dog-free environment. Beautiful park. The oval route is about 700 meters and lined with trees both sides that provide shade. A couple of pools, plus a couple of exercise areas. Check out Let's Say Cafe across the road on one of the long sides of the park. Great food. Great environment.
  • This is at a walkable distance from victory monument (anusawari). Family can go with kids and have some peaceful time at evenings. Some facilities are available to do exercises and few books to read (only available in Thai). There are facilities for kids to play but not many. All ages people can visit and have a quite peaceful time to be away from the polluted concrete jungle.
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