Lak Muang - City Pillar Shrine, Bangkok
A Lak Mueang or City pillar is found in most cities of Thailand. Usually housed in a shrine which is also believed to house the city spirit deity, Chao Pho Lak Meuang, it is held in high esteem by the citizens of the town. It was probably King Rama I, who erected the first city pillar on April 21, 1782, when he moved his capital from Thonburi to Bangkok. This shrine can be found across the road from the Grand Palace and features two pillars - the longer pillar is the original of Rama I, the shorter was added by King Mongkut (Rama IV).