When the time was right, I started walking again in the rain. The rain had weakened enough that I could manage to walk. I crossed the Phra Pin-klao Bridge over the Chao Phraya River and entered the Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok. This is the district where the famous Khao San Road and the Royal Palace are located, and where I was staying. I went to the ruins of a fort called Phra Sumen, located in the north of the district.
Bangkok is built on the delta of the Chao Phraya River. Walking around the city, you can see that there are almost no hills in the city. It is very flat. Some people may think that there is a hill with a temple called Wat Saket, but it is a man-made hill. Because there is no natural barrier to protect the town, there used to be forts at strategic points. Phra Sumen is one of them. Incidentally, the fort was built in preparation for an attack from Myanmar. It's hard to believe now, but Myanmar used to be a virtual enemy of Thailand.
When I reached the fort, I found a pure white fortress standing there. The fortress was surprisingly small in size. At the time of its construction, the fort must have been located on the edge of Bangkok, but now it is completely surrounded by houses. The fort itself didn't interest me much, but the houses along the moat of the fort were much more interesting. Houses lined the sides of the white fortress, which was no longer in use, and in one of them I could see a watering place (or was it a kitchen?) through the window. A naked man was standing there, just turning on the faucet. Behind him, I saw a wall hanging of Doraemon. There are many times when I am more interested in a house with daily life than in historical remains that are not visually appealing.
|Sep 2018 PEOPLE THAILAND|
|BANGKOK HOUSE WATER PLACE WINDOW|
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