Victory Monument, Bangkok
Extracted from the website below since it describes the monument best:
..."Victory Monument commemorates those who died in national service – policemen, military officers and civilians. The concrete monument has a number of statues representing the services alongside plates commemorating those who died in the Franco-Thai dispute of 1943. Foreign dignitaries lay wreaths here on official visits. The Victory Monument is at the centre of a roundabout with a busy road network. As such, you can’t really wander over to take a look. However, it is very dominant in the skyline and you can study it from many vantage points around Victory Monument. It probably isn’t worth a visit in its own right, but the surrounding area is full of great shops and restaurants. Even if you don’t make a special visit to see it, you’ll probably get to see it during your wanderings around the city.
How to get there: Victory Monument has its own BTS station and so that’s by far the easiest way to get there.
Victory Monument is a hub for buses, as such most buses traveling north (airport, Chattuchak, etc.) will go through the area"....
The overhead bridge at the BTS station called Victory Monument provides a wide array of cheap n good local stuff...like coin purses for only 10bahts...n nice slippers for only 50baht...the shopping centre nearby also offers unique clothes which are diff from those seen at MBK n Chatuchak...a must go place when in Bangkok!!
Most tourists won't end up stopping here, but if you're looking out of the window of the Skytrain on your way to Chatuchak, chances are you will see Victory Monument and very imposing it is too. The route of the Skytrain actually has a kink in it to get around it.
The monument was built as a tribute to the military in the early 1940s, after a conflict with French Indochina.
Today it's familiar to many Bangkok commuters as it's a major hub for buses and the Skytrain.
The Monument was built in the reign of the present King to commemorate the soldiers, policemans and civilians who have lost their lives during the border conflict of Thailand and Indochina.
To get there: Take the BTS Skytrain and stop @ the Victory Monumant Station, exit to the left and walk straight ahead for about 3 to 5 minutes. There are also cheap sari-sari stands along the streets to the area.