Sanam Luang is an open field and public square located in Phra Nakhon district or the historic centre of Bangkok in front of the Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace. The Fine Arts Department has listed Sanam Luang as a historic site and the area covers about thirty acres with an expanse of grass and concrete pavement.
The field is used by the king for the Royal Ploughing Ceremony when he initiates the rice growing season and also for the Ceremony of Calling the Rain. Other celebrations include the bi-centennial celebration of Bangkok and the grand celebration of the king’s birthday. The field has seen royal ceremonies and political upheaval since the founding of Bangkok and has also been a popular recreational area for the people of the city.
In the kite flying season, the air is filled with butterfly shaped kites with matches held between male and female kites. A weekend market was also held here as was leisure sports but in the morning the area attracts health conscious crowd of joggers, walkers and groups playing volleyball. There is also a statue of Mae Thorani, earth goddess that was originally attached to a well that provided drinking water to the public.