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Democracy Monument cont:-

He also provided the main sculpting for the renown Lady Mo monument in the North Eastern Thailand gateway city of Nakhon Ratchasima ( Korat ). The building of the Monument was highly unpopular at the time. Local residents and shopkeepers ( mostly Chinese ) were evicted from their homes and businesses with only 60 days' notice. The widening of Ratchadamnoen Road to create a ceremonial boulevard involved cutting down hundreds of shady trees, a serious matter in the days before air conditioning, given Bangkok's torrid climate.

The wings are 24 metres high, and this is also the radius of the base of the monument, marking the fact that the 1932 coup took place on 24 June. The central turret is three metres high, representing the month of June, which is the third month of the traditional Thai calendar. There were originally 75 small cannon around the outer ring of the monument, representing the year of the coup, 2475 in the Buddhist calendar. During the era of military dictatorships, demonstrators often assembled here to call for a return to democracy, most notably in 1973 and 1976 and 1992. Recently demonstrators rallied here in their thousands in January 2014.

Forts Mahakan and Pra Sumen on Rattanakosin Island.

This part of Bangkok, has many places to keep you occupied. Wat Ratchanadda ( The Loha Prasat ) or Wat Ratchanaddaram, and the Royal Pavilion Mahajetsadabadin next to it. Bangkok was originally moated and walled with forts at intervals along it ( built in 1783 during the reign of King Rama I ). A canal formed the moat dug at a distance of about two kilometres from the Royal Palace, leaving the river to the north of the city and rejoining it to the south. The moat was 7.2 km long, and it is today called Klong Bang Lamphu and Khlong Ong Ang. Strong and solid walls were constructed along the inner side of this canal, being 3.6 mtr. high and 2.7 mtr. thick. It was broken by 16 gates and 14 forts ( Phra Sumen, Yukornton, Mahaprab, Mahakan, Mootaluog, Seurtayan, Mahachai, Charkphet, Phisua, Mahaluok, Mahayak, Phrachun, Phra-Ar-thit, and Isintorn )

Bangkok, Phra Nakhon District. Forts Mahakan and Pra Sumen on Rattanakosin Island.