Victory Monument

อนุสาวรีย์ชัยสมรภูมิ

The Victory Monument is a grand military monument, erected in 1941 to commemorate the victory in a brief war against the French colonial authorities in Indochina. As a result of the military actions, Thailand returned a part of its territories in Western Cambodia, Northern and Southern Laos, which it yielded to France in 1893 and 1904.

In fact, the final territorial settlement was imposed on both parties by Japan, which was actively preparing for a war of conquest in Southeast Asia. The Field Marshal and the Prime Minister of Thailand Plaek Phibunsongkhram decided to celebrate the victory in this brief war, and the monument was erected. However, there was a political embarrassment in 1945 when after the Pacific War Thailand was forced to return the territories it had gained from France. Many people regard the monument today as a relic of the fallen regime.

The monument has the central obelisk, with five statues at its foundation, representing the army, fleet, air force, police and militia. The monument was executed by Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci (Silpa Bhirasri). The monument is one of the main transport landmarks in Bangkok. Many public transport routes start here and run to the city outskirts or to the resorts.

Address: between Din Daeng, Phahonyothin, Phayathai and Ratchawithi Roads
How to reach: BTS Victory Monument
Coordinates: 13.76493, 100.53829