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Designed by Prince Naris, this golden pig statue was created in 1913 at the 50th birthday anniversary of Queen Phatcharinthra, one of King Rama V's wives, who was born in the Chinese year of the pig.
Designed by Prince Naris, this golden pig statue was created in 1913 at the 50th birthday anniversary of Queen Phatcharinthra, one of King Rama V's wives, who was born in the Chinese year of the pig. In Thai it is also known as the Sahachat Memorial, that means 'the memorial of those born in the year of the pig'. It refers to three royal donors that were born in the same year as her. Generally, the memorial is decorated with colourful garlands and flowers, and locals come here to pray and show respect.
The Wat Ratchapradit offers a quiet corner to get away from the busy streets of the city
The Sra Pathum Palace is an oasis of silence right behind Siam Paragon
Built by King Rama V in 1869, it was created to keep up with the tradition that each newly-appointed monarch erected a temple to mark his reign
One of the most sacred Buddhist temple, Wat Phra Kaew houses the famous Emerald Buddha
The Saranrom Park offers shade and relaxation in the midst of greenery and fountains
According to an old Thai tradition, a city pillar has to be built upon the establishment of a new city, to provide a home for guardian spirits
Mahakan Fort is one of only two remaining forts of Rattanakosin's outer city walls, the other being Phra Sumen Fort near Khao San Road
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