The history of Victory Monument in Bangkok

The Victory Monument in Bangkok was designed by Corrado Feroci and erected in 1941. It serves as a tribute to fallen heroes of war, including service members, soldiers, police officers and civilians. It is situated at the famous road junction where Phahonyothin, Phayathai, and Ratchavithi roads intersect.

What is the Victory Monument in Bangkok

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This famous Landmark in Bangkok is an obelisk surrounded by six statues representing civilians, the police, the air force, army and navy members who lost their lives during the Franco-Thai War. The war took place between November 1940 – January 1941. The obelisk is inscribed with 656 names of soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during the war. The war was fought over a dispute between Siem Reap and Battambang, which is presently Cambodia, and the territories west of the Mekong River, which is currently the border between Thailand and Laos. The defeat of the France army by Nazi Germany prompted Thailand to try and reclaim territories it lost in 1893 due to the French blockading Chao Phraya. It took the intervention of Japan in January 1941 to force a ceasefire. A treaty signed in March 1941 resulted in Thailand claiming the disputed territories.

How to access the monument

The monument has a pedestrian walk around it which allows pedestrians to view it from different angles. The memorial is also conveniently located at a bustling transportation hub in the city, making it easily accessible. It is also surrounded by modern, vibrant and pocket-friendly restaurants and shopping malls.

By Holiday Point from Melbourne, Australia – Victory Monument, Bangkok, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61375665

By Mr.Sayompoo Setabhrahmana – Work created under contract with the Department of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism and Sports. Published with author’s permission, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38195827

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