Democracy Monument, Bangkok

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Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang
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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.)

    Directions: Banglamphu, Ratchdamnoen Road

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    DEMOCRACY MONUMENT

    by mamasan69 Updated May 12, 2005

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    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.

    Address: Bangkok

    Directions: At the intersection of Thanon Ratchadamnoen and Thanon Din So, near of Khao San road.

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    Democracy Monument

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 24, 2004

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    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.

    Address: Bangkok

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    Democracy Monument

    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.

    Address: Central Ratchadamnoen Ave., Bangkok

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    Democracy Monument

    by syllybabe Written Aug 31, 2003

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    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.

    Address: Central Ratchadamnoen Avenue

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    by yen_2 Updated Aug 28, 2003

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    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..

    Address: Ratchadamneon Ave., Bangkok

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    On one of the main avenues

    by sabrina_florida Written Feb 17, 2007

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    You will surely go past this monument many times in Bangkok. There are many pictures of the Royal family around it.

    Address: Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang

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    by shintarojon Written May 20, 2006

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    If you will stay in the Khaosan Road, just remember Democracy Monument and it is already walking distance to the backpacker's place.

    Address: Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang

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    Democracy Monument

    by bijo69 Written Apr 28, 2006

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    The Democracy Monument is a landmark which was errected in 1933 to commemorate the beginning of constitutional monarchy in Thailand.

    Address: Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang

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    Democracy Monument

    by Pimilan Written Oct 6, 2005

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    This monument was built in 1940 to commemorate the change from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy.
    The sculpture around the base are the work of italian-born Professor Silpa Bhirasri.

    Address: Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang

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    Democracy monument

    by pattayaraj Updated Mar 16, 2004

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    A commemorative monument for democracy system in Thailand. All construction have meaning and connected with democracy in Thailand.

    Address: Rachadamnoen Rd.

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