Mahakan Fort

Notable Building in Banglamphu

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Dating back to the late 18th century, whitewashed Mahakan Fort is one of two surviving citadels that defended the old walled city. The octagonal fort is a picturesque, if brief and hot, stop en route to Golden Mount, but the neighbouring village is more interesting. This small community of wooden houses has been here for more than 100 years, but since the mid-1990s it has fought the Bangkok municipal government’s plan to demolish it and create a ‘tourist’ park.

In 2016, some of the homes were demolished, but as of press time the community had proposed the area as a Living Heritage Museum and the situation was at a terse standstill. Visitors are welcome. Climb the ramparts (not for children) running away from the fort and walk to the far end, where stairs lead down and into the village.