How to get to Democracy Monument

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About Democracy Monument

The Democracy Monument is located in the middle of Ratcha Damnoen Klsing Street in Bangkok, and was built to commemorate the coup of June 24, 1932. The monument is called the “Democracy Monument” because the coup overthrew the monarchy and established a constitutional democracy. Construction of the monument began on June 24, 1939, and was completed on the same day the following year.

The design of the monument is distinctive and ingenious. A fortress-like structure is built in the center, with a wing-like pillar on each side, 24 meters high and 24 meters apart from the fortress-like structure, symbolizing the 24th day of the coup. Each pillar is decorated with a series of relief carvings on the underside of the pillars, which depict a series of activities carried out by the Democratic Party at the time of the coup.

The fortress-like structure is six-sided and each side is decorated with a sword, symbolizing the six coup platforms of the PNP, namely independence, stability, equality, freedom, economy, and education. The top disk holds a copy of the constitution, indicating the supremacy of the constitution over everything else. The disk is 3 meters high, symbolizing that the coup took place in March of the old calendar. The monument was surrounded by 75 cannons, symbolizing that the coup took place in the year 2475 of the Buddhist calendar with the number “75”. The cannons have now been removed.

How to get there

Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd, Khwaeng Wat Bowon Niwet, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Public transportation: Take bus No. 2, 2ส, 15, 32, 35ร, 42, 44ร, 47, 59, 60, 68, 70, 79, 82, 157ร and get off at Democracy Monument Station. Other transportation: It takes about 10 minutes to walk there from Jinshan Temple or Khao San Road.

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