Erected back in 1941, the towering Victory Monument commemorates Thailand’s victory in the Franco-Thai War. The entirety of the monument’s architectural design is fascist, including the central obelisk, which represents five bayonets stuck together. It is encircled by five statues of soldiers symbolising Thailand’s army, navy, air force, police and militia.
Located in one of Bangkok’s busiest transportation areas, the Victory Monument has become a popular hangout for Thai locals and visitors. It’s surrounded by budget-friendly Thai eateries and local boutiques, as well as two prominent shopping malls, theatres, karaoke bars and a night market.
After you’ve admired the Victory Monument, take a short walk south to Soi Rang Nam for some high-quality Thai cuisine served in shop-house eateries. If you prefer some retail therapy, head to the nearby Center One Shopping Plaza or Victory Mall.
The Victory Monument is best reached by catching the BTS Sukhumvit Line to the Victory Monument station and walking about five minutes. You can also catch a number of bus lines that stop along Phayathai Road. The monument is about 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Bangkok and 30 minutes from Suvarnabhumi Airport.