The Democracy Monument in Bangkok is right in the middle of the city and was put up to memorialize Thailand’s liberty and democracy.
The Democracy Monument was built in 1939, to commemorate the fact that Thailand adopted liberty and democracy. Designed by Maeo Aphaiyawong, the monument holds the Thai Constitution of 1932 too.
The centrepiece has the constitution written on it and the four wings of the monument that spreads out on the corners represent the four departments of the armed forces in Thailand, namely, navy, army, police, and air force.
Each wing is about 24 metres tall and the six gates seen in the turrets represent the 6 policies of the regime of Phibun; internal peace, independence, education, economy, freedom, and equality. The seventy-five cannon balls around the monument are there to indicate the era of Buddhism in 1932 AD.
If you are visiting and staying in a luxury hotel in Bangkok the likes of Emporium Suites by Chatrium, the Democracy Monument is less than an hour away. You can take the train, bus or hire yourself a taxi and easily get to the site.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.Google+