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The monument anchors the traffic circle on Ratchadamnoen Klang and has been a site for numerous public demonstrations over the years.
Chances are you will see this monument just by virtue of navigating the Bangkok tourist circuit, unless you are an architecture or history junkie a special visit here does not need to be planned.
The monument's position near the Royal Palace and residences is significant, as are the 75 cannon balls buried at the base which signify the year of its construction according to the Buddhist calendar, 2475.
How to get there
Buses 2, 4, 12, 15, 19, 39, 42, 44, 47, 64, 65, 68, 70, 79, 503, 508, 509, 511 and 512. The monument is a ten-minute walk from the klong ferry at Tha Phra Athit and a five-minute walk from Khao San Rd.
Last updated on 17th February, 2012.