Bodhi Court, Bangkok

The tree has been linked with Thailand's struggle for democracy and the role Thammasat University has played here.

The tree has been linked with Thailand's struggle for democracy and the role Thammasat University has played here. The Bodhi Court is the birthplace of the October 8, 1973 student movement that grew into mass demonstrations for democracy and a new constitution. They protested against the military junta for the release of 13 people that had been arrested for demanding a national charter. The number of protesters swelled to the hundreds of thousands and had to move to the university's football field. This large group of people started to move onto the streets at October 13, 1973. The following day, the government violently suppressed these mass demonstrations, a key event in Thai modern history and the reason why the October 14 Memorial was erected near Khao San Road. On October 4, 1976, the Bodhi Court was the stage of an open-air stage performance that mocked the political culture of that time. When those parodies appeared in newspapers' headlines, the military junta called them 'defamatory to the royal family' and violently attacked the student groups on October 6. In 1991, a military coup d'etat followed and a constitution was drafted that basically maintained the status quo. Students again gathered at the Bodhi Court to protest against the junta. After the 1992 general elections, the opposition of the junta gathered at the Bodhi Court, starting demonstrations that would evolve into more than 200,000 participants. The junta again cracked down in an event known as the Black May Massacre, but eventually all protesters were freed and the junta stepped down in favour of democracy. An important tree, indeed.
















About Bodhi Court

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Bodhi Court and Nearby Sights on Map

Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

The Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in the Rot Fai Park simulates insects' natural habitats with rocks, shady ferns, wild flowers and a waterfall

Empire Tower

M.R. Kukrit's Heritage Home


Robot Building

Probably one of the quirkiest buildings on the globe, the Robot Building, well, looks like a giant robot


The 314 metre high MahaNakhon is the tallest building in Thailand

Samphanthawong Museum

The Samphanthawong Museum traces the history of early Chinese immigrants in Bangkok, their contribution to the city and the growth of Chinatown on Yaowarat


Patpong is one of Bangkok's night entertainment districts, dotted with bars, dance clubs and an open-air market

Old Customs House

Right at the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the Old Customs House is right where the 19th-century port of Bangkok used to be

Assumption Cathedral

The Assumption Cathedral is the main Roman Catholic church of Bangkok

Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple

One of only two Hindu temples in Bangkok, the Sri Mariamman Temple is actually a great experience