Around Rattanakosin Island (old part of the city) 1/6
(Car shot taken on Nove 1st, 2007)
- Mounment of King Rama V the Great.
The construction of monuments in the form of statues or symbolic figures in memory of important persons or historical incidents is actually not a Thai tradition. It came to Thailand only recently during the reign of King Rama V when the country began to open to western influences.
The Equestrian Statue of King Rama V, situated in front of Dusit Palace, was the first statue erected to a Thai king. The statue was built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the coronation of King Rama V. Thai people at that time made contributions totaling a million baht for this statue, out of their love for the great king. The bronze statue was cast in Paris during King Rama V's second visit to Europe in 1907, and finished the following year. It was the only statue produced during the King's reign.
The King passed away on October 23, 1910, two years after the statue was erected. After his death, people continued to gather at the statue to pay homage to the revered monarch. Ceremonies to pay respect to the beloved king are still held each year on October 23.