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- Recent scene from Bangkok 1/6
(Car shot! Taken on Novemner 1st, 2007.)

My entry for " MONUMENT FRIDAY "
.....The Monument of Democracy.....
Bangkok, The Kingdom Of Thailand.

The Monument of Democracy is located in the centre of the circle on Central Rajadamnoen Avenue.

This monument was built during the Phibulsonggram regime to commemorate the activity of the People's Group which requested the Constitution from the King (King Rama VII) on 24th June, A.D. 1932. Construction was started in July A.D. 1939 and was completed on 22nd June, A.D. 1940. The inauguration ceremony took place on 24th June, A.D. 1940.

It was designed by an Italian immigrant. ď Corrado Feroci Ē was invited to Thailand in 1924 by King Rama VI to develop a Western-styled art tradition. The sculptor stayed in Thailand, became a Thai citizen (back when that was possible for a Westerner) and changed his name to Silpa Bhirasi. (Prof.)

The monument of Democracy was built with the following meanings:
1. The four wings of the monument measure 24 metres in height. In the central point of the base is placed the Constitution in the form of a book. The above mentioned height signifies 24th June when the People's Group began the revolution for a new system of government.
2. The cannon that are buried around the monument, chained together by an iron chain leaving only the 4 spaces at the 4 entrances number 75. They signify the year B.E. 2475 (A.D. 1932) in which the revolution took place.
3. The bas-reliefs which decorate the lower parts of the four wings display the activities of the People's Group which acted according to their previous agreement to perform their assignments on 24th June, A.D. 1932.
4. The Constitution which is placed at the centre of the monument is made of bronze and is 3 metres high. It signifies the third month of the yaer or June (counting in the old way) which was the month when the revolution took place.
5. The six swords which decorate the central constitutional stand signify the six principles for governing the country. These principles are Independence, Inner Peace, Equality, Liberty, Economics and Education.

The monument of Democracy stands on a circular base of several tiers. At the bottom of the four wings fountain basins were built. Above the basins there are Nagas spouting water. Flowings grow around the base of the monument which is located in a very busy spot and so draws the attention of passers-by. At night decorative lights makes it beautiful in another way.


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Nov 02 2007 01:56 GMT Laurie
This is very beautiful, Poulet. I always love your choise in photos. Have a great weekend in your homeland..
Nov 02 2007 01:56 GMT Squirrel PRO
GREAT ENTRY...................have a beautiful weekend too,dear Poulet.
Nov 02 2007 01:57 GMT ashdad PRO
Beautiful entry!
Nov 02 2007 02:09 GMT jomoud PRO
Wow, quite a monument
Terrific contribution to this week's theme.
Have a wonderful weekend Poulet!!!!
Nov 02 2007 02:10 GMT Studio88
There is no place on Earth like Bangkok!!!
It's my #1 Favorite City!!! Great Entry!!!
Have a Fantastic Weekend!!!
Nov 02 2007 02:16 GMT Poulet PRO
Thank you, Laurie! :))
Nov 02 2007 02:16 GMT Poulet PRO
Thanks, dear Squirrel! :))
Nov 02 2007 02:16 GMT Poulet PRO
Thanks Ashdad! :))
Nov 02 2007 02:17 GMT Poulet PRO
Thank you, John! :))
Nov 02 2007 02:17 GMT Poulet PRO
Thanks Howard! :))
Nov 02 2007 02:36 GMT Vasca
Beautiful entry Pou!
Nov 02 2007 02:49 GMT Poulet PRO
Thank you Gaby! :))
Nov 02 2007 02:50 GMT Midworlder PRO
A wonderful monument, series and information
Nov 02 2007 02:53 GMT Poulet PRO
Thanks Roger! :))
Nov 02 2007 03:45 GMT Glo
a great monument!
Nov 02 2007 04:01 GMT aquiles PRO
Nov 02 2007 04:07 GMT PhotoPro PRO
Poulet this is just, well mind-blowing to me! I'm so impressed with the thought, craftmanship and follow-through that it took to accomplish this!!
So much I never knew about your beautiful country!!

Is it true that westerners can't become Thai citizens?
Nov 02 2007 06:04 GMT sini
Wonderful image! Great entry!:)
Nov 02 2007 06:24 GMT Arik77
Beautiful monument !
Nov 02 2007 07:17 GMT csabi
great entry !
Nov 02 2007 07:26 GMT abojovna PRO
The basic principies, dear Poulet: Independence, Inner Peace, Equality, Liberty, Economics and Education.

Thank you for this interesting presentation! Nice monument and your photo!

Have a beautiful weekend!
Nov 02 2007 07:50 GMT Dorado
Wonderful colors!
Nov 02 2007 08:01 GMT alhoafun
that is some impressive monument! your country is so full of them your choice is a great one
Nov 02 2007 09:18 GMT iyerhari
it's an attraction and a valuble entry:)
Nov 02 2007 10:32 GMT fotoloekb PRO
Nice entry and monument!
Nov 02 2007 11:16 GMT Lubranco
Impressive and great entry Poulet !
Nov 02 2007 11:56 GMT Pasifae
Great entry!
Have a beautiful weekend!
Nov 02 2007 12:08 GMT Poulet PRO
Thank you so much, Bill! :))
I guess many westerners dunno much or the truth about Thailand and many Thais dunno much about the truth of western countries too, Bill! :))
Mostly, all of us know about other countries by news......and almost all of them shown only bad sides and rumours. And, lots of them including of the writer/reporter's prejudice.

OMG!!! I'm working in that kind of biz!! ;D LOL

About your question :
At present, it isnít true, Bill. Westerners can become Thai citizens for more than 100 years ago on the condition of Thai laws.

Nowadays, Westerners who married with a Thai citizen (must have a marriage license) can apply for Thai citizen after five years' residence in Thailand. The person must be 20 years old or more, declare as no criminal suspected and have a permanent job in Thailand (or working for a company which has its office in Thailand).
However, Thailand didnít allow people to have dual nationality, Bill. If the westerners wanna changed to be a Thai citizen, they should lose their maiden nationality.

Nov 02 2007 12:27 GMT hans55 PRO
great entry dear poulet ...you have a lot of choice in your beautyfull country, i want to visit someday !!
your right ..we have a very bad impression from most country,s .... and all becouse of the press opinion .... i stopped watching the news every day long time ago ...gives a wrong vision on the world ...i think the press rule our world on a wrong way !!
Nov 02 2007 12:37 GMT jenylew
Amen to that, Hans. If you want to learn about lands abroad you must go and experience them yourself.

Poulet - so informative, as always, and a beautiful series of photos, as always!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! :-))))))))))
Nov 02 2007 13:11 GMT Erian
Very interesting, and beautiful! Got to see this with my own eyes sometime! :-)
Nov 02 2007 13:14 GMT gilbertoxp
Pou, is a beauty the photo and the ilustration a wonder......happy weekend...!!!
Nov 02 2007 13:20 GMT jceca PRO
wanted to tell you agree with abojovna .. but then .. agree with hans too ... and jenylew ... :-)
really beautiful ...

now, go back and take that photo at night !!!! :-))
Nov 02 2007 13:30 GMT maiylah
great shot from the car, Poulet! :)
enjoy your weekend, too!
Nov 02 2007 13:59 GMT senna3
Fantastic view, great entry!
Nov 02 2007 14:34 GMT PaP67
interresting entry, democraty is never definitive, we have always the duty to preserve it, so as the planet !
Nov 02 2007 14:43 GMT Poulet PRO
Even I'm working in the same kind of biz.........I always have many questions WHY many reporters love to do that, Hans! And, I fully agree with you!!
Nov 02 2007 14:45 GMT Poulet PRO
I will!!!
Well, at least, I'll try!
It's far from my place, dear........but if I have time, who cares!! ;)))
Nov 02 2007 16:16 GMT hallo
Excellent entry
Nov 02 2007 17:47 GMT jamaboop
I love reading about this! I feel I have learned a lot today ! This is an awesome shot!!
Nov 02 2007 17:55 GMT mariazinha32
beautiful capture
and entry
wish you a monumental weekend :-))
Nov 02 2007 17:57 GMT LizSA
beautiful entry Poulet... You have a beautiful country...!!
Nov 02 2007 20:16 GMT Portasejanelas
gorgeous choice
Nov 02 2007 20:28 GMT Tom33
It seems that you and other fotohing members have one thing in common: that the beauties and everyday occurrences in life are far more important than the opinions and expressions of the few who see
only the less important factors. Even this monument expresses pride and hope for future generations and speaks well of the artist who has
since become a citizen of Muang Thai.
Nov 02 2007 22:53 GMT Mariamel
Impressive !!!
I'd love to see a night shot from this !
Beautiful entry !
Nov 02 2007 23:15 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Beautiful monument and fascinating description!
Nov 02 2007 23:19 GMT sprigo
Fasinating info and a beautiful shot. Have a great weekend Poulet. :)
Nov 02 2007 23:24 GMT Pietje
A very beautiful entry...........
Nov 03 2007 00:20 GMT megmet PRO
Lovely entry and great notes too!

Have a great weekend!
Nov 03 2007 02:27 GMT Poulet PRO
Thanks for all kind comments and visit! :))
Nov 03 2007 02:50 GMT Milibuh
Excellent ...excellent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 03 2007 03:05 GMT Poulet PRO
Thanks Nora. :))
Nov 03 2007 03:53 GMT wolf2728
a stunning capture
Nov 03 2007 03:59 GMT Poulet PRO
Thanks Wolf. :))
Nov 03 2007 09:25 GMT annaschnitfink
Great monumentfriday entry dear Poulet.
Your car shots are wonderful!!! :)
Nov 03 2007 18:37 GMT roncarlin PRO
Greatt entry. Ron c
Nov 03 2007 18:40 GMT xevirbs
Great entry. Thankyou also for the explanations.

Have a nice weekend too
Nov 03 2007 18:49 GMT gtc126
Fantastic Entry!!!!!! Great Info!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 03 2007 21:04 GMT bennystr
Fabulous entry and another great series dear Poulet!
Nov 05 2007 05:41 GMT Tavascarow
Beautiful scene.
Nov 06 2007 00:02 GMT Poulet PRO
Thanks all! :))