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Lak Muang (City Pillar)

Considered to be Bangkok's foundation stone and the home of the city's guardian spirit and horoscope.

Photo of Lak Muang (City Pillar)

This pillar's origins stretch back to 1782 when King Rama I order the moving of the capital from Thonburi on the west bank of the river to Bangkok on the east bank and erected a small wooden post.

Since then the post has been replaced with sturdier material, and has become a focal point for considerable festivities and offerings by those who want to keep the city's guardian spirit well pleased.

How to get there
Head to the southern end of Sanam Luang, close to Wat Phra Kaew. The nearest express boat pier is Tha Chang.

Last updated on 17th February, 2012.

Lak Muang (City Pillar)
Sanam Luang

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