This lauded outfit runs a variety of unique bicycle tours in and around Bangkok, including a night tour and a tour of the city’s green...
October 14 Memorial
A peaceful amphitheatre commemorates the civilian demonstrators who were killed by the military during a pro-democracy rally on 14...
Across Th Mahachai from the Golden Mount, this temple is most stunning at night when the 37 spires of the all-metal Loha Prasat (Metal...
Up-and-coming DJs (with occasional live-music acts) present their turntable dexterity at this narrow unpretentious club in old Bangkok....
This homely dining room is a favourite of members of the Thai royal family and restaurant critics alike. Must-eat dishes include mussels...
Th Ratchadamnoen Klang · interesting places nearby
Democracy Monument information
The Democracy Monument is the focal point of the grand, European-style boulevard that is Th Ratchadamnoen Klang. As the name suggests, it was erected to commemorate Thailand’s momentous transformation from absolute to constitutional monarchy. It was designed by Thai architect Mew Aphaiwong and the relief sculptures were created by Italian Corrado Feroci who, as Silpa Bhirasri, gives his name to Silpakorn University. Feroci combined the square-jawed ‘heroes of socialism’ style popular at the time with Mew Aphaiwong’s Art Deco influences.
There are 75 cannonballs around the base to signify the year BE (Buddhist Era) 2475 (AD 1932); the four wings of the monument stand 24m tall, representing 24 June, the day the constitution was signed; and the central plinth stands 3m high (June was then the third month in the Thai calendar) and supports a chiselled constitution. Each wing has bas-reliefs depicting soldiers, police and civilians who helped usher in the modern Thai state.
During the era of military dictatorships, demonstrators often assembled here to call for a return to democracy, most notably in 1973 and 1992.