Lak Meuang

Lak Meuang information

Location
Bangkok , Thailand
Address
cnr Th Sanam Chai & Th Lak Meuang
Getting there
Ferry: Tha Chang
Opening hours
6.30am-6.30pm
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What would otherwise be an uninteresting mileage marker has both religious and historical significance in Thailand. Lak Meuang is the city shrine, a wooden pillar erected by Rama I in 1782 to represent the founding of the new Bangkok capital. Distances are measured to all other city shrines in the country from this point. But its importance doesn’t stop there. The pillar is endowed with a spirit, Phra Sayam Thewathirat (Venerable Siam Deity of the State), and is considered the city’s guardian.

Like the sacred banyan trees and the holy temples, Lak Meuang receives daily invocations from Thai worshippers in the form of commissioned lákon gâa bon (shrine dancing) as thanks for granted wishes. Offerings also include those cute yet macabre pigs’ head with sticks of incense sprouting from their foreheads.