AREA: 23.678 km2 (9.142 sq mi)
POPULATION: 122,534 (2017)
Like many districts in Bangkok, Suan Luang has evolved over the years with different boundaries and stature. Originally a sub-district of Phra Khanong which subsequently split. Suan Luang, was then changed to become part of Prawet District n 1989. In 1994, Suan Luang was elevated to district status acquiring additional land from Prawet and Khlong Toei.
Suan Luang is home to the Thai Nichi Institute of Technology which opened in 2007. It is notable for the fact that the curriculum includes a 6 month long internship usually at a Japanese company. Students are also required to take both Japanese and English language courses every semester.
The St Mark’s International School is also located in Suan Luang. It is a Christian school and is the first Australian international school to be established in Thailand. The school has enrollments from around the world and interestingly offers both Australian and Singapore curriculum at the primary level.
One of the more interesting places to visit surely would be Wat Maha But the home of the Mae Nak shrine. You are not likely to see many foreign tourist here which makes it all the more fascinating. At the temple, you can feed the birds and even release turtles, fish and eels into the water for merit. As sometrhing completely different, there is a fully clothed skeleton praying surrounded by images of people pinning lottery tickets to the wall.
Mae Nak is a Thai female ghost. Her story is based on events during the time of King Rama IV. While she was pregnant, her husband went to to war. Without giving it all away, it is worth your time to learn more.