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Lumphini Park, Pathum Wan, Bangkok

BTS Sky Train Silom Line Sala Daeng Station is here and the  MRT ( Bangkok ) Lumphini Station and Si Lom Station are also nearby. It is the first public park of Bangkok, a heritage of King Rama VI given to his people. King Rama VI started to organize an exhibition of local products and natural resources in the winter of 1925.

The construction included a huge central lake, with  island, roads and buildings.  Unfortunately, this exhibition was cancelled due to the untimely death of King Rama VI. Later, the project was revived in the reign of King Rama VII. The area of 14.40 hectares in the south of the park was rented to be an amusement park called  Vanaruengrom, of which the rental fee was used for development of the rest area to be public park.  The Saladaeng Field, a crown property of which a part was provided for the construction of Chulalongkorn University, was selected. King Rama VI also kindly donated his money for the site preparation.

Giving this land to the government, King Rama VII stated that the land could be used as the public park only. However, during the World War II the park became the Japanese soldiers camp. After the war in 1952 - 1954, it was a venue for the celebration of the constitution and the Miss Siam The Royal Monument of King Rama VI.

This was built in 1942 to commemorate  the King who kindly gave this park to his people. The King Rama VI Monument stands at the gate to the Lumphini Park, overlooking the busy Saladaeng junction. Corrado Feroci, an Italian sculptor completed the monument with the help of four Thai artists on 7 June 1941.  It was a fitting tribute that Feroci designed this monument, as it was King Rama VI who requested the Italian government for an artist to help teach and promote art in Thailand.

Feroci answered the call of duty in 1923. The monument is a statue of King Rama VI standing in his ceremonial uniform with a sword, on a high pedestal surrounded by fountains. An open tiled area where public ceremonies are held surrounds the monument.