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City Pillar Shrine, ( also known as San Lak Muang ) Lak Muang Rd ( Tha Chang Pier ). Bangkok,Thailand.

Bangkok, Page 86b, City Pillar Shrine, ( also known as San Lak Muang ) Lak Muang Rd ( Tha Chang Pier ). Bangkok,Thailand.

I have seen this Shrine so many times and taken photos of it outside, I decided on my trip in October 2013 to finally venture inside. I had gone to visit the Grand Place with two friends who had never been before. But unfortunately that day the palace was closed because the King was in attendance with a family birthday. It was a surprise. I had just missed the Thai Dancers and was treated to  a version of family Thai life, with a wife arguing with her husband.

Bangkok City Pillar Shrine ( also known as San Lak Muang ) is one of the City Pillar Shrines in Thailand that is ancient, sacred, and magnificent. It was believed that people achieved prosperity and fulfilment in their work and career, cut their misfortunes and supplement their luck, power, and prestige if they bowed and  showed respect to this sacred place. According to a historian, the shrine was built after the establishment of Rattanakosin Kingdom ( Bangkok ) instead of the old capital, Thonburi Kingdom in the reign of King Rama I of the Chakri Dynasty at 6.45 a.m. on Sunday, 21th April in 1782.

Lak Mueang are City pillars found in most cities of Thailand. Usually housed in a shrine which is also believed to house Chao Pho Lak Mueang  the city spirit deity; it is held in high esteem by citizens. It was probably King Rama I, who erected the first city pillar on April 21, 1782, when he moved his capital from Thonburi to Bangkok. The shrine was actually the first building of his new capital, the Palace and other buildings were created later.

For Thai locals, this wood is used as a part to build the pillar. It was 108 inches high from the ground and buried 79 inches deep, which makes this pillar total height to 187 inches with 29 inches in diameter and contained horoscope for Bangkok City inside. However, the shrine has been renovated several times, under the reign of the King Rama IV, King Mongkut.

The pillar was dilapidated. So, The King ordered excavation the old and built a new pillar and placed a new horoscope for the City. It was replaced in 1752 with a new pillar measuring 5.035 metres or 201.4 inches high, 47 centimetres or 18.8 inches in diameter measured at the base of the pillar with a width base of 70 inches and combined both of the old and new pillars to a refurbished pavilion with a Prang-shaped which was the model of the shrine of Ayudhya. It was finished on Sunday, 1st May in 1753.