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Bangkok: A Cultural History (Cityscapes)

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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, 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.

About 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.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195342529
Author:
Oneil, Maryvelma
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Foreword by:
Jumsai, Sumet
Foreword:
Jumsai, Sumet
Author:
null, Maryvelma
Author:
O'Neil, Maryvelma
Subject:
Asia - Southeast
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Bangkok (Thailand) Description and travel.
Subject:
Bangkok (Thailand) History.
Subject:
History, World | Asian
Subject:
Travel-Southeast Asia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cityscapes
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 line
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.00x5.40x.80 in. .70 lbs.

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