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The other Victory Monument in Bangkok

Chao Anuvong - a statue erected in Vientiane in 2010 defiantly facing Thailand across the Mekong River

Chao Anuvong – a statue erected in Vientiane in 2008 defiantly facing Thailand across the Mekong River

A post on this blog deals with the better known Victory Monument in Bangkok and now we shall explore the site of the first Victory Monument in Wat Chakrawat, Chinatown. The temple was built between 1827 and 1829, precisely the time when the strained relations between the Siam of Rama III and the tributary state of Vientiane under it’s Prince, Anuvong, came to a head. Wat Chakrawat became the focus of the final stages of this rivalry – which is still very much alive today. Read more

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The Execution Stone at Wat Phatum Khongkha (Wat Sampheng)

Execution club

Execution club

This old temple, originally Wat Sampheng, built during the Ayutthaya period, was abandoned due to Burmese raids, but restored by Rama I’s brother Prince Surasinghanat in honour of their father, and renamed Wat Phatum Khongkha (Lotus of the Ganges River) and from that time,  just like the Ganges- it was associated with the religious disposal of the dead. Read more

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The vultures of Wat Saket

Wat saket

Wat saket

The modern city of Bangkok is now home to over 350 hospitals, but well into the 20th century locals and foreigners alike were aware of the inability to cope with the terrible diseases which struck frequently and took large tolls of lives – even the royal family was not immune, King Chulalongkorn’s own chosen successor, Prince Vajirunahis died of pneumonia at the age of 17 in 1895.

Disease was rife

Malaria, dysentery, and cholera were rife (two pandemics of 1820 and 1852 with frequent local outbreaks into between and after). So what became of the dead. Let’s find out. Read more

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The Protestant cemetery in Bangkok – a look at part of Thailand’s recent history

 

The Protestant Cemetery Bangkok

The Protestant Cemetery Bangkok

In 1857 an appeal by the British legation in Bangkok was granted by King Mongkut – that a grant of land be made to enable the Protestant community to establish a cemetery. The foreign population was growing and, given the climate and diseases present in this tropical land, mortality was high.

Originally accessible only by river

The cemetery is located on the now busy Charoen Krung, some 2 kilometres south of the Saphan Taksin. However this first main road built in Bangkok was not constructed until 1861 and the initial method of accessing the cemetery was by boat on the Chao Phraya river
A visit will give a visible story of Bangkok’s history over the last two centuries and the part foreigners had to play in it. Read more

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Two Bangkok Monuments. Part 1: Democracy Monument

Democracy Monument

Democracy Monument

If you come to Bangkok it is likely that you will pass one or both of the monuments described in these posts. Both were built at the height of the nationalistic regime headed by Field Marshal Phibun Songkhram, an extra ordinary figure in Thailand’s politics, who led his country in a successful war against France, declared war on the United States and Great Britain in 1942, survived the calamity brought on Thailand as an ally of Japan in 1945, lived through five assassination attempts, became the Prime Minister again in 1948 after imprisonment as an “accused” war criminal because in part he was sponsored by the Americans who liked his anti –Communist credentials and disliked British ambitions on Thailand – survived being bombed by his own troops during a coup attempt in 1951, and stayed in office until 1957 when he was “removed” in a silent coup – he had to drive himself to exile in Cambodia, and died in Japan. Well now we will look at the similarly extraordinary histories of our monuments. Read more

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Two Bangkok Monuments. Part 2: Victory Monument

Victory MonumentThe monument is at the centre of one of the busiest transport hubs in Bangkok. Many people who pass it have no idea of it’s origin, being more interested in either avoiding the traffic jams or going to the many restaurants and attractions which  are situated around it. However, in 1941 when it was built, this area was almost on the edge of the city of Bangkok, reached by tree lined two lane roads. Read more

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Exploring Rattanakosin: Bangkok walks 2

The Three Elephant Statue opposite the City Pillar Shrine

The Three Elephant Statue opposite the City Pillar Shrine

Walk 2 starts where walk  1 ends at the Tha Chang market in front of the ferry pier. If you have just finished walk one there are plenty of restaurants and refreshment stalls here in which to take a break before continuing to explore more of the area immediately surrounding the Grand Palace. We shall be passing a major temple, two museums and lots of historical sites.  Read more

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Exploring Rattanakosin: Bangkok walks 1

Thammasat University and Pridi Statue

Thammasat University and Pridi Statue

Rattanakosin is an island and comprises the area of the old walled city created in 1782 by King Rama 1. A few of the old building of various eras since then remain, together with a sample of the defensive works and canals which were built by slave labour to protect this new capital, replacing the city of Thonburi  on the west side of the Chao Phraya river as the capital of Siam. Thonburi was deemed to be less easily defended. Many visitors to Bangkok visit the Grand Palace,  the very centre of Rattanakosin, and we have arranged a few walks surrounding the palace which describe the buildings and their history, which are often missed. One of the best ways to arrive at the Grand Palace is the old way – by the river, and so our walk will start at the commercial jetty where the river taxis arrive.Movie All Is Lost (2013)

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The Rama VI Military Museum, Bangkok.

Rama VI Statue Lumpini Park

Rama VI Statue Lumpini Park

Many visitors to Bangkok pass Lumpini Park and see the large statue outside the main entrance. It is a statue of King Vajiravudh, Rama VI, the monarch who reigned from 1910 until his untimely death in 1926.  There are several museums in Bangkok which commemorate this monarch, but we shall visit a little known one which is open to the public and is free!

On July 22nd 1917, King Vajirvudh declared war on the central powers, primarily the Empires of Germany and Austro -Hungary, and Thailand (Siam at the time) joined the allies by sending an expeditionary force to France in the hope that this would assist in global justice for Siam and that it would gain national and international benefits.

The outcome of hostilities was by no means certain at this time, but eventually an armistice was signed in November 1918, and Siam, as one of the victors, won plaudits and praise .

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