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Monuments in Bangkok

Major monuments of Bangkok

Emerald Buddha temple and the Grand Royal Palace
Emerald Buddha temple compound

Wat Phra Kaeo or Emerald Buddha temple is regarded as the hoilest of all Thai temples. The small green-jade statue of of the lord Buddha placed high on its golden alter in the Chapel Royal is the most sacred Budha image in the country.

Emerald Buddha temple

Adjacent to the Emerald Buddha temple is the Grand Royal Palace which is now used by the king only for certain ceremonies. Four major buildings built in a mix of western and eastern architecture are closed to the public. However visitors can walk around the buildings and shoot photos.

The compound is open daily from 0830hrs till 1530hrs. Admission fee (including Emerald Buddha temple, Grand Royal Palace and Viman Mek teakwood mansion) is Thai Baht 125 per person. Proper dressing is required.

Location: in Sanam Luang district, near Chao Phra river, not far from Thammasat university.
Wat Phra Kaew (wikipedia site)

Viman Mek teakwood mansion
Viman Mek mansion

This elegant teakwood mansion was used by the King Rama V between 1902 and 1906. Three storey European style building was built using teakwood without nails. Possessions of the King are displayed in the mansion.

In the same compound, there are the Royal Carriage museum housing carriages mostly imported from Europe at the period of King Rama V, and the Aphisek Dusit Throne Hall which contains display of handicrafts. The place is open daily between 0930hrs and 1600hrs.

Location: Dusit district, not far from Dusit zoo.

Anantasamakhom Palace and the Parliament
Anantasamakhom Palace

The palace was built in the reign of King Rama V and VI in the Italian architectural style. It was primarily used to hold important royal and state ceremonies for parliamentarian meetings.

New parliament building was later built at the back of the palace. However ceremonial openings are still arranged in the palace building.

Victory monument
Victory Monument

Thai government under the premiership of General P. Pibunsongkram, had the Victory monument erected in 1941 in honour of the heroic acts of soldiers, policemen and civilians who died during the dispute between Thailand and France over the redesignation of border between Thailand and Indochina.
Victory Monument (wikipedia site)

Democracy monument
Democracy Monument

It was built to commemorate Thailand's change from absolute Monarchy to Constitutional Monarchy on 24 June 1932.

Location: Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue road, about 700 meters from Emerald Buddha temple compound.
Democracy Monument (wikipedia site)

King Taksin monument
King Taksin statue

The monument is located at Wongwian Yai of Prajadhipok road. The height from the feet to the hat is 14 meters, while the platform is about 1.7 meters high. The statue was inaugurated on 17 April 1954. On every 24 December, His Majesty the King graciously makes a royal visit to the statue to lay down a wreath in reverence of King Taksin the Great.

King Rama I monument
Rama I statue

The statue of Phrabat Somdet Phra Phutthayotfa Chulalok Maha Rat sits at the feet of Pathom Borommarachanuson bridge on Bangkok side. It was erected in 1932 to commemorate the 150 year anniversary of Krung Rattanakosin. He is the first king of the Royal House of Chakri, and founder of Bangkok as capital city of Thailand in 1782 (the year he proclaimed the Kingship as Rama I). Rama I ruled the Kingdom for 27 years and died on 7 September 1809.

King Rama III memorial
Rama III statue

The statue of Phrabat Somdet Phra Nanglao Chaoyuhua Phra Maha Chetsada Rat Chao was erected at the Royal Reception Pavilion at the corner of Ratchadamnoen road in 1990. The statue was moulded in bronze and is half life-size. Within the beautiful compound there is a Royal Reception Pavilion for His Majesty to welcome royal guests, and three minor pavilions for other delegations, and open garden spaces for the public.

Statue of King Rama V
Rama V statue

This statue was erected during the reign of King Rama V, and was inaugurated by himself. Welknown for his modernization effords for the country King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn) was regarded as one of the most loved kings of Thailand.

Statue of King Rama VI
Rama VI statue

It is located in front of Lumpini park on Rama V road.