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King Taksin was seen by some radical historians as a King who differed from the Kings of Ayutthaya, in his origins, his policies, and his leadership style, as a representative of a new class. During the Bangkok Period right up till the Siamese Revolution of 1932 King Taksin was, said, not as highly honoured as other Siamese Kings because the leaders in the Chakri Dynasty were still concerned about their own political legitimacy.

After 1932, when the absolute monarchy gave way to the democratic period, King Taksin become more honoured than ever before. Instead, King Taksin became one of the national heroes. This was because the leaders of that time such as Plaek Pibulsonggram and even later military junta, on the other hand, wanted to glorify and publicise the stories of certain historical figures in the past in order to support their own policy of nationalism, expansionism and patriotism.

King Taksin statue was unveiled in the middle of Wongwian Yai ( the Big Traffic Circle ) in Thonburi, at the intersection of Prajadhipok Inthara Phithak Lat Ya  Somdet Phra Chao Taksin Roads. The king is portrayed with his right hand holding a sword, measuring about 9 metres in height from his horse's feet to the spire of his hat, rests on a reinforced concrete pedestal of 8.90 x 1.80 x 3.90 metres.

There are four frames of stucco relief on the two sides of the pedestal. The opening ceremony of this monument was held on April 17, 1954 and the royal homage-paying fair takes place annually on 28 December. The king today officially comes to pay respect to King Taksin statue.

The monument featuring King Taksin riding on a horseback surrounded by his four trusted soldiers; Pra Chiang-ngen ( later Phraya Sukhothai ), Luang Pichai-asa ( later Phraya

Phicha I ), Luang Prom-sena, Luang Raj-saneha. It is placed on the ground of Toong na-chey public park on Leab muang road, just opposite the City Hall, Chantaburi.

King Taksin, and the Monument at Thon Buri, Bangkok.