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14 October Monument

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A granite spire bears the names of 73 people killed by the military during the 1973 overthrow of the dictatorship, though an accurate toll still awaits...

14/16 Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang
Free

Chao Poh Seua Shrine

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This characterful Chinese shrine to a tiger god image is guarded by two further golden tigers, with vendors selling tiger-appeasing offerings such as pork,...

468 Thanon Tanao
Free

Democracy Monument

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Designed by Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci (founder of Silpakorn University; p59), this memorial to the 1932 end of absolutism pointedly sits in a traffic...

Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang
FreeMajor venue

Devasathan & the Giant Swing

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Standing in City Hall square, the Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha) was originally erected in 1784 as part of the adjacent Devasathan, a Brahmin compound of...

268 Thanon Dinso
FreeMajor venue

Krung Thep Signboard

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) occupies the austere modernist City Hall facing the Giant Swing. In the piazza stands a bus-length sign bearing the...

City Hall Square
Free

Lak Muang

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Thais believe the guardian spirits of a Thai town reside at its foundation pillar. Bangkok's birth thus dates from the auspicious time on 22 April 1782 when...

Thanon Sanam Chai
FreeMajor venue

Wat Pho

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This vast, mellow temple rewards wandering, despite some touristy aspects. Its popular name derives from the 16th-century Wat Photharam, which was rebuilt...

2 Thanon Sanam Chai
Major venue