City Pillar Shrine, Bangkok

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.

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. King Rama I had the Bangkok city pillar erected near Wat Phra Kaew on April 21, 1782, an astrologically determined date for the auspicious founding of Bangkok. The city pillar includes the city's horoscope inside. Every town in Thailand has a similar city pillar shrine, so there are thousands of these all across the country. The original pillar was carved out of cassia wood, measuring 75 cm thick and 27 cm high. In the reign of King Rama IV, the old dilapidated pillar was replaced by a new one that measures 270 cm in height with a wide base of 175 cm. At that time it was placed in the prang-shaped shrine as seen today. Thonburi was merged into Bangkok in 1972, and its city pillar has been incorporated in the shrine. Hundreds of locals pray and place flowers here every day, as they believe the shrine has the power to bring good luck. Traditional dance ceremonies are often held, paid by wealthy families that saw their wishes granted.























About City Pillar Shrine

 Lak Muang Rd

City Pillar Shrine and Nearby Sights on Map

Mae Toranee Statue

Mae Toranee is the earth goddess, a deity in Thai Buddhism that is shown wringing water from her ponytail

Sanam Luang

When Rattanakosin was established as Siam's capital, King Rama I designed this vast open field between the northern wall of the Grand Palace and the eastern wall of the former Wang Na Palace

Wat Phra Kaew

One of the most sacred Buddhist temple, Wat Phra Kaew houses the famous Emerald Buddha

Pig Memorial

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

Wat Buranasirimattayaram

Grand Palace

A must-see attraction in Bangkok, the Grand Palace complex has the royal residence and the venerated Temple of the Emerald Buddha, apart from throne halls and government offices

Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit

The Wat Mahathat is an important Buddhist temple, which was once used for royal ceremonies and funerals

Wat Ratchapradit

The Wat Ratchapradit offers a quiet corner to get away from the busy streets of the city

Silpa Bhirasri National Museum

The Silpa Bhirasri National Museum is a modern art museum dedicated to the Italian professor Corrado Feroci, the father of modern Thai art who earned the epithet 'Silpa Bhirasri'

National Museum (Bangkok)

The National Museum took over the Front Palace grounds, a former royal palace built in the 18th-century just like the Grand Palace