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Mahakan Fort

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Worth a quick look as you stroll around the historic district, Pom Mahakan is a late-18th century fort that’s most intriguing for a heritage village, now under threat by city authorities, which exists within the walls.

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Along with Phra Sumen Fort, Mahakan is one of two remaining citadels out of the original 14 that were built around Rattanakosin Island back when invasions from Burmese and other armies were a constant threat. The octagonal fortress has three tiers rising to a guard post. Cannons placed around the thick outer walls now loom over the surrounding footpaths.

Once responsible for protecting the distant spires. Photo taken in or around Mahakan Fort, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Once responsible for protecting the distant spires. Photo: David Luekens

The fort fell into disrepair as the threat of invasions diminished, and in the late 19th century a community formed within the outer walls. Part of this village is now a living museum featuring century-old wood houses where descendants of the original owners show off their skills at crafting traditional musical instruments and birdcages, among others. Spirit shrines stand beneath sacred banyan trees as grannies lounge and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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