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Ministry of Defence, Sanam Chai Rd,  Phra Nakhon,  Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Page 42b, Mahakan Fort, Maha Chai Rd. Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, Page 42d, Ministry of Defence, Sanam Chai Rd,  Phra Nakhon,  Bangkok, Thailand

Ministry of Defence, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand.

I approached the guards on the gate seeing this for the first time many years ago. My friend with me didn’t know what it was. They told me it’s the same as the American Pentagon, The Ministry of Defence. So yes this is Thailand’s Ministry of Defence in Sanam Chai Road, Phra Nakhon District.

The original name was Rong Thahan Na ( front barracks ). This is the place there were three palaces which were originally constructed under The Royal Order of H.M. King Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulalok the Great, King Rama 1. He Graciously ordered the construction for his Royal Sons as follow,

1. Thanon Lak Mueang Palace,

2. was constructed and became the residence of Krommanuen Chit Phakdi ( Prince Thap ).

3. Thanon Lak Mueang Palace.

Then later.

4. Was constructed and it became the residence of Krommamuen Sri Suren  ( Prince Khantharot )


The Ministry of Defence  was also the warehouse of all arms, Beast of Burdens, Vehicles and various provisions. Chao Phraya Surasak Montri ( Choem Saeng Chu Tom ) was the controller of this construction. It was started in the year 1881 and completed in 1884, and the official opening took place on July 18th 1884.


The budget for the construction and decorations was about 570,000 Baht. The buildings of the Ministry of Defence were built as a group of buildings in the late European Architectural style, and it was very popular in Thailand at that time.

Bangkok Page 42,  Mahakan Fort, Maha Chai Rd. Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok Page 42,  Mahakan Fort, Maha Chai Rd. Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand