Bangkok, Page 74, Victory Monument, Bangkok, with video
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Victory Monument, Bangkok, Thailand. Video of the Victory Monument, Bangkok.

Some of the best views of this monument are from the  Victory Monument Sky Train Station.Victory Monument  is a large military monument in Bangkok, Thailand. The monument is located in Ratchathewi district, northeast of central Bangkok, at the centre of a traffic circle at the intersection of Phahonyothin road, Phaya Thai road, and Ratchawithi road.

The monument was erected in June 1941 to commemorate the Thai victory in the Franco Thai War, a brief conflict waged against the French colonial authorities in Indo-China, which resulted in Thailand annexing some territories in western Cambodia and northern and southern Laos. These were among the territories which the Kingdom of Siam had been forced to cede to France in 1893 and 1904, and patriotic Thai’s considered them rightfully to belong to Thailand.

In fact the fighting between the Thai’s and the French in December 1940 and January 1941 had been brief and inconclusive. Only 59 Thai troops were killed, and the final territorial settlement was imposed on both parties by Japan, which did not want to see a prolonged war between two regional allies at a time when it was preparing to launch a war of conquest in South East Asia. Thailand's gains were less than it hoped for, although more than the French wished to concede.

Nevertheless the Thai regime of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram decided to celebrate the war as a great victory, and the monument was commissioned, designed and erected within a few months.

Bangkok, Page 75, Victory Monument pictures
Bangkok, Page 74, Victory Monument, Bangkok,  with video