The city of Bangkok, apart from being famous for its numerous entertainment and shopping venues, is also home to a considerable number of important statues and monuments. All of them have a rich history to its existence and is revered by many of the Thai people. Much of the statues and monuments are located along busy areas of the city, and still events like parades and celebrations are held at these sites to commemorate them.
Many of the sculptured statues and monuments initially made in Bangkok were influenced by Buddhist culture. Today however, it is easy to see the Western influence on the architectural styles and designs. One of such is the Democracy Monument designed by the Italian Corrado Feroci in remembrance of the military coup in 1932 where democratic constitution had gained first rule. Situated on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, this monument is truly a majestic sight with four 24 meter tall wings that surround its base.
The Victory Monument is also a breathtaking sight with its tall structure that has an obelisk in its center. It was built in 1945 to commemorate the Thai victory over the French colonists in the Indo-China struggle. Located on Phahonyothin Road are many other sculptures dedicated to those who gave their lives up in this conflict can be found here.
An important monument that stands to recall the lives of those that were taken during the 1973 pre democratic protest is the October 14 Memorial. This monument is eye catching with its granite spire that stretches on towards the sky. Tourists upon visiting the memorial should venture into the museum housed in its structure that takes you back into this historical event.
Amid Bangkok’s many statues are many of King Rama from different eras and time periods. The King Rama I statue lies next to the Puttayodfa Memorial Bridge, and is a sculpture that is larger than life of this king. The King Rama V statue is located near the Royal Plaza and continues to be revered and honored by many Thai people as they flock in to pay respect towards it. The sculpture was built here in 1908 and depicts the king in a field marshal outfit. There is also a grand looking statue of King Rama VI set majestically outside the entrance of the Lumpini Park. Built in 1942, the statue is covered in metal plating and much bigger than a normal life size statue.
Tourists holidaying in Bangkok should visit many of these historical monuments and statues which reveal much about the country’s past. If you are looking for Bangkok accommodation which is well placed for exploring the city, the Compass Hospitality complex is great choice. The complex offers luxury apartments in Bangkok that are comfortable and elegant.