Victory Monument Bangkok
Victory Monument Bangkok sits right in the centre of the cities busiest traffic road islands. This tall needle-pointed, concrete obelisk of European design towers way above the streams of traffic below.
Victory Monument Bangkok itself is extremely similar to lots of other Western Military Monuments around the world.
The monument features a large single spire and at its base there are 5 outcrops – on each one of these outcrops stands a larger than life scale statue of a soldier.
Each of these soldiers represents one arm of the Thai defence forces and these soldiers all have their bayonets pointed up to the sky.
History of the Monument
Generally described in Thai as ‘Anu Sawari’, Bangkok’s Victory Monument was erected in 1941 following the brief military dispute in between Thailand and France.
At that time, Thailand declared back land in Laos and Cambodia which had previously been part of the Kingdom of Siam.
Nevertheless, in 1945 Thailand was obliged to hand back the land to the French who were colonial rulers in Indo-China.
The Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci, who worked under the Thai name Silpa Bhirasi, did not like the combination of his work with the obelisk, and referred to the monument as “the victory of embarrassment”.
Visiting the Monument
Today though, Victory Monument serves as a mark to all of Thailand’s military successes however, it’s probably much better understood to a lot of Bangkok citizens for its significance as a main transport hub and centre.
If you’re in this area of Bangkok it’s well worth having a look at, especially during the evening, as it makes for a great photo opportunity!
Getting to the Victory Monument area is easy with the
. From BTS Siam, take the Sukhumvit Line to Mo Chit and exit at Victory Monument Station. A big long walkway skybridge links all sides of Victory Monument with the BTS Skytrain Station. BTS Skytrain