Democracy Monument, Bangkok

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    DEMOCRACY MONUMENT - "Sentinel of Freedom"

    by balhannah Updated Aug 19, 2009

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    This important monument was designed by an Italian immigrant, Corrado Feroci.
    It was built in 1939 to commemorate the 24th June, 1932 coup. 1932 was the year that the People's Party and the Military faction staged a coup, and this resulted in the way Thailand is governed today.
    The coup at the time, led to Military dictatorship, but today, there is a balance between the Monarchy and the Military.

    The Monument has four curved, arched columns leaning slightly inwards. Each column is 24metres high, this was done to signify the 24th June, 1932. The columns are meant to signify the rights and freedom of the people of Thailand. There used to be a ring of 75 cannons to symbolize the Buddhist year of the revolution which was 2475, these are no longer there.

    A copy of the original 1932 constitution is kept in a pedestal, in the centre of the four columns. The six swords on the doors of the pedestal represent the six major policies of the People's party. The six gates of the turret represent, Independence, Internal Peace, Equality, Freedom, Economy & Education.
    You can also see relief sculptures around the base of the monument, these were done by Corrado Feroci. It is said that they are a little biased towards the ideals of the regime.

    It is situated in the middle of a busy traffic roundabout and has the nice Thanon Ratchadamnoen Ceremonial Boulevarde leading to it.
    It is a bit difficult crossing the road to get a good look at it.

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    The Democracy Monument

    by Wann Updated Oct 24, 2006

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    The Democracy Monument in Songkran Festival night

    Many times we travel pass this place as it is located in the middle of a traffic roundabout on Ratchadamnon Road. This place reminds our moment of first constitution. The Democracy Monument was constructed in 1932 to commemorate thailand's first constitution. Its a signalling a change of government from absolute monarchy to democracy with the king as head of state.

    Finally I got a chance to stop by there by the night of Songkran festival, this place was central spot of the festival, decorated with light, fountain and colourful dragons, so beautiful !!! (more photos at my travelogue)

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    Democracy Monument

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 24, 2004

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    Bangkok's Democracy Monument

    Definitely the most dangerous monument I visited, the democracy monument stands proud from the center of Rajadamnoen Road. Crossing the traffic to see it, well, I might not do again. If you are not fleet of foot, do not try!! Designed by an Italian, the monument stands to offer remembrance about the end of Thailands absolute monarchy in 1932. This also brought about Thailand's first constitution, and the whole of the story about this period in Thailand's history, and its leaders at the time can be seen at the King Prajadhipok Museum. nearby.

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    DEMOCRACY MONUMENT

    by mamasan69 Updated May 12, 2005

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    DEMOCRACY MONUMENT-Bangkok.

    While out seeing the Golden Mountain, my brother and I walked back to Khao San road and stopped by the Democracy Monument. The sun was just starting to go down and the traffic all around, it was quite busy, however we still managed to get a good view of the terrific site.
    It is something different to see and experience while you are in Bangkok, not to mention the history behind it.

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    by volopolo Updated Sep 1, 2010

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    Democracy Monument

    This monument, located in the middle of Ratchadamnoen Avenue.


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    Attraction Type: Monument
    Location: Ratchadamnoen Avenue
    City: Bangkok
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    Democracy Monument

    by syllybabe Written Aug 31, 2003

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    Democracy Monument

    Built to commemorate the change from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy in 1932, the monument has 4 main wings measuring 25m tall and a traditional Thai tray carrying the constitution.

    Yen and I took pictures of this monument from across the busy street. It's located right in the middle of a roundabout but we both wanted to photograph the monument up close that we braved the traffic as people watched us cross the street right up to the monument.

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    by syllybabe Written Aug 31, 2003

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    Why did Yen and I want to get really close to the monument? Because there were flowers blooming at the base around it.

    There's a fountain to the left that I dipped my hand into to cool off as I stood in the shade of one of the 4 wings.

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    Democracy Monument

    by thedouglas Written Jun 16, 2006

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    No traffic!

    This very recognisable monument was constructed in 1932, as a symbol of the transition from absolute monarcy to constitutional monarchy in Thailand. This is the site of pro-democracy rallies.

    I took this picture when we were most recently in Bangkok, which coincided with the rallies leading up to the election, and the whole Thaksin "issue". The traffic was gridlocked around Bangkok - and we took to walking everywhere possible. We went by this daily, as we wandered between Chinatown and Khao San Road. This photo was so clear of traffic, because it was banked up elsewhere - everwhere!

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    by yen_2 Updated Aug 28, 2003

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    Democracy @ 1pm

    The monument was constructed during the early 1930's to commemorate Thailand's first constitotion. This monument is located in Ratchadamneon Ave. If you like to go in the center in it, you just have to do it like what we did with Syllybabe..hire a tuk-tuk and let him go in the center to that one...It was a hot Thursday morning when we took alot of flowers in there..

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    Democracy Monument - Best After 11.00pm

    by Bangkokjoe Updated Jul 4, 2005

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    Democracy Monument in Banglamphu on Ratchadamnoen Road looks so much more impressive at night when the lights are turned up and the traffic dies down.

    The monument appears every night on Thai TV with the National Anthem. If you happen to be around the area and the anthem plays, stand still and show a bit of respect, everyone else in the general vicinity will be.

    It is also used as a backdrop by the BBC when they are reporting from Bangkok and the guy goes "this is Anthony Tremblylip, from Bangkok for the BBC". So if you tick this site off, whenever you see the international news you can shout in your living room "I've been there! That's Democracy Monument, oooh look over on the left is Khao San Road where Doreen met Jonathon for the first time".

    The monument itself represents justice and the reliefs on the four "pillars" offer us some recent scenes from Thai history and society.

    Another advantage of seeing the DM at night is that you can cross over the four lane highway encircling the roundabout and get close up to the reliefs. With a reduced risk of getting mown down by a Metropolitan Authority bus.

    Two restaurants overlook the monument, so it is good to get here at 9.00pm for a Thai meal, watch the scenes while eating, and after your Nescafe take a walk around the old city area to lose those calories. The cooler quieter evening has always made this a memorable night for my visiting mates.

    (We avoid the Vijit Restaurant like the plague... it tends to be full of folk reading Lonely Planets eating Sliced Beef in Oyster Sauce.)

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    by PierreZA Written Mar 29, 2008

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    Democracy Monument

    This monument, on Ratchadamnoen Klang, is built to commemorate the change to a constitutional monarchy in 1932. It is right in the middle of a roundabout and I did not cross this very busy street to have a closer look.

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    Democracy Monument Walking Tour

    by YaaDong Updated Jun 13, 2011

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    The best way to see the old part of Bangkok Rattanakosin area near the Democracy Monument is by walking.
    Start at the Banglampuu Pier.Go along Phra Artit Rd pass the old city Phra Sumen Fort the centerpiece of Santichaiprakan Park. Head towards Khao San Rd passing Wat Chana Songkram one of the nine sacred temples of Bangkok.Cut through Khao San Road the center of the backpackers and turn left at to visit Wat Bowoniwet to see the Chinese style of the temple's decorations.Make your way to The Democracy Monument to check the four wings design which are each 24 meters high, signifying the 24th of June date the new constitution was signed.

    From here you can vist The Queen's Galley for art, King Prajadhipok Museum,Wat Ratchanadda where you can see an unusual building called the Loha Prasat. Within the same temple is a popular amulet market that makes an interesting place to browse. Then head on up to the Golden Mount (Wat Saket) to get view of the surrounding area.By this time you should be totally exhausted so proceed to Thanon Tanao where you will find some very good food.

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    Not to be missed

    by Lunaina Written Apr 24, 2008

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    If you want some airconditioning, just go and sit by the MacDonalds near the Democracy Monument, then you also have a good view on this monument, it is okay, not that beautiful, but it is huge and dominates the street!

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    Democracy Monument

    by Blatherwick Written Aug 8, 2005

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    Democracy Monument

    The 24m tall Democracy Monument was made to commemorate Thailand's 1932 switch from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. It was here that many Thais were killed protesting against a military coup in 1992. The design is of a large copper tray carrying the constitution, supported by a pedestal.

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    Democracy Monument

    by Ewingjr98 Updated May 5, 2007

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    Democracy Monumnet

    Built to commemorate the 1932 revolution that ended the absolute monarchy and brought about the nation's first constitution. The four wings are each 24 meters high, signifying the 24th of June date the new constitution was signed. The center of the monument contains a carved representation of the Thai Constitution of 1932.

    I took this picture my last night in Bangkok as I went zooming by the Democracy Monument on a motorcycle in heavy traffic....

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