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History and Culture > Monuments and Shrines

Monuments and Shrines in Thailand

The abundance of monuments and shrines in Thailand is testimony to countryís effort to maintain pride in its historical and cultural heritage.
 

Must see

Of course Thailandís capital has a number of important shrines and monuments, but those found elsewhere in the kingdom have no less significance, at least on a regional basis. Stone and bronze sculptures and epitaphs protect the memory of both important figures from the countryís past and those who made sacrifices for their country. Although many stem from events in Thailandís modern history, others date through to Thailandís prehistory. Housed in ruins and temples with the influences of Khmer and other kingdoms, they represent a range of actual deities and religious figures and those based in mythology. Wherever you are in Thailand, visiting local monuments and shrines will give you a worthwhile insight into important aspects of the countryís history and culture.


Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Although the Bridge on the River Kwai (Saphan Mae Nam Kwae) has become a symbol of the brutality of the Second World War, the War Cemeteries are evidence of its effect. Kanchanaburi has two...
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Worth seeing

Of course Thailandís capital has a number of important shrines and monuments, but those found elsewhere in the kingdom have no less significance, at least on a regional basis. Stone and bronze sculptures and epitaphs protect the memory of both important figures from the countryís past and those who made sacrifices for their country. Although many stem from events in Thailandís modern history, others date through to Thailandís prehistory. Housed in ruins and temples with the influences of Khmer and other kingdoms, they represent a range of actual deities and religious figures and those based in mythology. Wherever you are in Thailand, visiting local monuments and shrines will give you a worthwhile insight into important aspects of the countryís history and culture.

If you are in Thailand on a longer visit, you will have time to take a look at these monuments and shrines.

Bangkok
Democracy Monument

Commemorating the introduction of constitutional monarchy in Thailand, Democracy Monument has witnessed many of the events that have helped shape the nation. Constructed in 1932 Democracy Monument...
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Erawan Shrine

The Erawan Shrine (or San Phra Phrom as it is known locally) was initially meant to be a Ďspirit houseí during the construction of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in 1953. During construction...
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Statue of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V)

Being so centrally located, the equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) is well worth a visit. A forward thinking monarch, King Chulalongkorn is revered as the man who elevated Thailandís...
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Hua Hin
Hua Hin Railway Station

The Hua Hin Railway Station is remarkable for its architecture, built in the reign of King Rama VI. The station is oldest railway stations. This is Thailand's most beautiful train station and...
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Kanchanaburi
The Bridge Over the River Kwae

For many foreign visitors the Bridge on the River Kwai (Saohan Mae Nam Kwae) is probably one of the most famous of Thailandís attractions, but probably the countryís least spectacular. A simple...
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Rayong
Sunthon Phu Memorial Park

Sunthon Phu Memorial Park is dedicated to Sunthon Phu (1786-1855), recognised as being Thailandís greatest poet. Originally the location of the poetís home, the memorial park is an immaculately...
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At your leisure

Of course Thailandís capital has a number of important shrines and monuments, but those found elsewhere in the kingdom have no less significance, at least on a regional basis. Stone and bronze sculptures and epitaphs protect the memory of both important figures from the countryís past and those who made sacrifices for their country. Although many stem from events in Thailandís modern history, others date through to Thailandís prehistory. Housed in ruins and temples with the influences of Khmer and other kingdoms, they represent a range of actual deities and religious figures and those based in mythology. Wherever you are in Thailand, visiting local monuments and shrines will give you a worthwhile insight into important aspects of the countryís history and culture.

If you are in Thailand for an extended trip, a visit to these lesser know monuments and shrines will be rewarding.

Bangkok
Victory Monument

Victory Monument commemorates those who died in national service Ė policemen, military officers and civilians. The concrete monument has a number of statues representing the services alongside...
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Mae Hong Son
Phraya Singhanatracha Memorial
As monuments go, this is a fairly nondescript statue which has a certain level of historical significance. Located close to Doi Kong Moo Hill, the memorial depicts Phraya Singhanatracha, whose claim...
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Rayong
King Taksin Shrine
Located at on Taksin Road, about 25 kilometers from Rayong, Wat Lum Mahachai Chumphon is home to the King Taksin Shrine Ė dedicated to one of Thailandís great kings. The shrine commemorates King...
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