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Monuments & Statues of Bangkok Thailand
In Bangkok City, Thai sculptors in the past almost exclusively concentrated on creating traditional Buddha images, and the result was some of the world's greatest expressions of enigmatic Buddhist art. Late 19th and early 20th century, Western styles began influencing classical Thai art, especially architecture and sculpture. An Italian architect named Corrado Feroci particularly made his mark, creating many of the wonderful statues and monuments seen around Bangkok today and featured here - most notably the Democracy Monument and Victory Monument.
Circled by perpetual swarms of traffic, the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Road is a large Western-style symbol of Thailand's adoption of democracy and liberty. Field Marshall Plaek Pibulsonggram commissioned it to commemorate the June 1932 military coup that led to the country's first democratic constitution in place of absolute rule.
The obelisk at its centre originates from Egyptian architecture, but imitates national and military memorials seen in the West at the time. Its five black metal statues in 1940s heroic style were sculpted by Italian born sculptor Corrado Feroci (known also as Silpha Bhirasi, and who also designed the Democracy Monument), each representing the army, navy, air force, police and civilians.
October 14 Memorial
Located near the Democracy Monument, this memorial is a tribute to those who died on that day, as well as others killed in separate protests in October 1976 and May 1992. Standing somberly outside is a modern-style granite spire; inside a museum.
King Rama I
Known as King Puttayodfa, this double life-size monument to King Rama I was built to mark the city's 150th anniversary in 1932, along with the Puttayodfa Memorial Bridge next to which it sits. It was designed by HRH Prince Naris, and architect Silpa Bhirasri sculpted it in bronze. Born on March 20, 1736, King Rama I was the first king in the Chakri Dynasty which continues to this day. He ascended to the throne on April 6, 1782, and died 27 years later.
King Rama V Statue
The object to which they are solemnly directing their respect is the equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn the Great, which depicts him in field marshall uniform and was ensconced at the center of this wide public space in 1908.
King Rama VI Statue
Located prominently and prestigiously outside the entrance to the city's green lung, Lumpini Park, is this impressive statue of King Rama VI. It was carved by Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci, also known as Silpa Bhirasri. Erected in 1942, it is two and a half times life-size and cast in metal.
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