A great break from the bustling city life is Rama IX Park. It is the largest public park in the city. In 1987, it was built to celebrate King Bhumibol’s 60th birthday. Lying on the outskirt of Bangkok, this large green area is comprised of various gardens inspired by countries around the world, and a large lake with a beautiful botanical garden. The centerpiece of the park is sitting on the edge of the lake and it is a dated building with a golden spire that can be seen throughout the park. It serves as a gallery which celebrates the life of the King and includes photos, paintings, and information about the royal projects. Another interesting sight that represents a true classic Thai design is Thakoon Phrakia Pavillion, which can be found in the middle of the lotus pond. Besides exploring the gardens and architecture, those who come early in the morning have the opportunity to join the public Tai-Chi or aerobics class. In December, the park hosts a lavish annual flower festival, enjoyed by many locals. Even though the park offers many interesting sights, it is surprising that it is mostly free of tourists and therefore, it offers a genuine experience of how locals spend their free time.