Victory Monument Attractions
What to See in Victory Monument
Sightseeing is not a selling point of the Victory Monument area. It’s more a land transport hub, where you can connect from the BTS Skytrain to public vans and buses to the outskirts of Bangkok. But if you happen to be in the neighbourhood, the area features a few attractions worth checking out, and Phyathai Palace is definitely one of them. Set amidst a meticulously landscaped garden, adjacent to Phramongkutklao Hopsital’s towering glass-and-steel building, the palace complex feels like a scene from a western fairytale, complete with its own Roman garden and neo-gothic ‘castles’.
The Victory Monument itself is an attraction, although not one that will reach into the depths of your imagination as it’s more a nationalistic symbol than anything else.
All Attractions in Victory Monument
The Bangkok Doll Factory & Museum houses an interesting collection of Thai and foreign dolls made by a local factory, making it fun for Thai culture enthusiasts and children alike. Both modern and antique items are on display, and you can see for yourself how the ancient practice of making dolls has been passed down over the decades. There's also a shop where you can purchase your favourite doll.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00 (Monday - Saturday)
- Location: 85 Soi Ratchataphan, Ratchataphan Road, Pratunam
Built in 1909 during King Rama V’s reign as temporary royal residence, Phyathai Palace comprises five buildings all constructed in a combination of neo-gothic and Romanesque styles. The interiors showcase a rococo influence, complete with beautiful ceiling frescos, gilded Corinthian columns and elaborately carved fretworks.
Behind the palace’s architectural splendour, though, rests one of the Kingdom’s most important but time-forgotten political history – the Dusit Thani, or ‘Heaven on Earth’, where experiments were carried out on the palace’s 160,000sqm grounds to test-run the country’s transition from absolute monarchy to municipal government and then parliamentary government. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Guided tours available on Saturdays at 9:30 and 13:30. Otherwise, you are free to walk around.
- Location: Ratchawithi Road (inside Phramongkutklao Hospital)
Sitting right in the middle of the Victory Monument area, Santiphap Park may be smaller than other parks in Bangkok, but it's packed with activities, most of which are music-related. People sitting and enjoying the soft sound of Jazz while watching their children play is a common sight in this park.
- Opening Hours: 05:00 - 21:00 daily
- Location: Between Ratchawithi Road and Rang Nam Road, Ratchathewi
- BTS: Victory Monument
- How to get there: From BTS Skytrain Victory Monument Station (Exit 4), turn right at the Victory Monument and keep walking for about five minutes and the park is on your right.
If you travel by Skytrain (BTS) to Mo Chit en route to Chatuchak Weekend Market you'll catch the best view possible of this large military monument, built to commemorate Thailand's victory over French colonialists in Indochina. This was a brief and relatively bloodless war that led to the country regaining disputed land on its borders with Indochina. Though only 59 Thai troops were killed, it was erected in 1941 by General P Pibunsongkram to fortify his ultra-nationalist policies.
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. While many Thais today regard the monument as an inappropriate symbol of militarism, a relic of a now discredited regime, it is one of the capital's most familiar landmarks.
- Location: Phahon Yothin, Phaya Thai, Ratchawithi and Din Daeng Roads intersection, Ratchathewi
- BTS: Victory Monument
- How to get there: From BTS Skytrain Victory Monument Station, take exit 4 or, for a better perspective, continue walking onto the pedestrian overpass, which wraps around the monument.