There are a great many historic landmarks in Bangkok, but one that stands out above the rest must surely be the magnificent four-winged towers known as the Democracy Monument or Anu Sawari Pracha Tippatai. This monument occupies a traffic circle on the wide Rajadamnoen Boulevard and only a short walk from the backpacker's mecca on Khao San Road. Go and see it if you are in the city.
Other places of interest in the near vicinity include the Golden Mount and the multi-layered metal pagoda of Loha Prasat at Wat Rachanadda. It's possible to visit the Golden Mount, the Loha Prasat, Khao San Road and the Democracy Monument all on the same day.
You can view all these fabulous sites by clicking on the links above. Once you've done that, you can always get back to the real reason you came to this page. No need to worry either, I shall wait for you. Then when you have completed the tour of this page, please feel free to read some of my other pages too. I would really appreciate it. You can also leave a comment should you wish.
Democracy Monument was designed by the Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci, (1892 - 1962) who took the name Silpa Bhirasi before taking Thai citizenship. Just to put you in the bigger picture, it was a heck of a lot easier for a foreigner to become a Thai citizen in the early twentieth century than it is today.
Silpa Bhirasi is still honoured as much today as he was when first invited to come to Thailand in 1923 to teach western sculpture at the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Palace Affairs. He went on to become the founder of Silpakorn University and is also considered the father of the modern Thai art movement.
The monument was built in 1932 to commemorate the transition from absolute to constitutional monarchy and now serves as a memorial to all those who had died during violent times in Thailand. Over the years and spilling into the present day, there seems to be no end to shaking off all the notorious political rallies that continue to plague the country. It's always been expected that political unrest would some day soon come to an end. I suspect that would be wishful thinking.
On close inspection of the structure, you will notice that the monument has four curved 24 metre (79 feet) high wing-like towers that arch inward. In the centre sits a three metre, ten-foot high pedestal representing the third month of the Thai calendar June. It is said to contain a copy of the original 1932 constitution.
There are six swords on each of the six doors of the pedestal representing the six proclaimed policies of the People's Party. They are internal peace, equality, freedom, independence, economics and education. It is hopeful that these policies will one day be reached.
There was once a ring of 75 cannons at the base of the monument symbolic of the Buddhist year 2475 and equivalent to the year AD 1932. Every one of these features symbolises the date when the constitutional monarchy was established on 24th June 1932.
Please note that this post contains some affiliate links which means I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you should purchase after clicking through my blog. Also remember that I never promote any products or services here unless I've used and loved them myself.
Your host Grahame (Yep! that's me) from Luxury Thailand Travel says he'd really appreciate your kind support. Simply take your next tour by selecting any one of the many excursions listed on the left side of this page. Here's wishing you a safe trip and a happy and exciting holiday.
Apr 15, 18 08:47 AM
Ko Kood is the forth largest island in Thailand and the second largest of the 52 island archipelago located south of Koh Chang on the east coast of Thailand.
Apr 09, 18 06:19 AM
Chiang Mai Travel system providing essential information on bus and train travel as well as how to tour this charming city by Taxi, Tuk Tuk, Songthaew, Samlor or even an Elephant.
Apr 09, 18 06:02 AM
A Bangkok river cruise on the Chao Phraya or on one of several other canals in Bangkok will give you a real glimpse of everyday Thai life where locals cook and chat while children swim on the riverban…