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Completely occupying a roundabout on a major thoroughfare is the Democracy Monument.
Completely occupying a roundabout on a major thoroughfare is the Democracy Monument. Its distinguishing features are the four 'wings' which are located at four equally spaced points around a smaller central shrine. The wings are decorated with artworks of war and war-related events. Quite impressive when seen from a distance (especially at sunrise and sunset), but maybe not worth the hazard involved in running across five lanes of Bangkok traffic for a closer look. It commemorates the June 1932 military coup that led to the country's first democratic constitution in place of absolute rule. Demonstrators gathered here in 1973, 1976 and 1992 in their struggle for democracy, signifying the important role this monument has played in recent Thai history.
Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd
This privately funded gallery was established after the request of HM Queen Sirikit who wanted a permanent venue for the exhibition of Thai arts
The Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall explores the history of Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok's royal city where the Grand Palace, Wat Po and National Museum are located
Wat Ratchanaddaram is a temple compound built by order of King Rama III in 1846
Built in commemoration of Bangkok's 150th anniversary celebrations in 1932, the monument is situated at the foot of Pathom Boromrachanuson or Rama I the Great Memorial Bridge on the Bangkok side
The building is designed by the French-Swiss architect Charles Beguelin in 1906 in a neo-classical style that popular with King Rama VI and King Rama VII
Built in 1829, Wat Bowonniwet is the shrine-hall of Phra Phutthachinnasi, a very beautiful Buddha image that was created around 1357
The temple was built in 1836, during the reign of King Rama III
Khaosan Road is famous for its night market where hawkers set up stalls selling exotic insect snacks and local fast food
Wat Suthat is huge and actually one of the most important temples for the Thai people
Now the central building of the National Museum, the Front Palace used to be an enormous complex stretching from the Chao Phraya River across Sanam Luang to Lot Canal