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Founding Pillar(s)

When King Rama I moved the capital of then-Siam from Thonburi across the Chao Phraya River to Bangkok in 1782, he observed tradition by having a city pillar installed: some 16 feet tall and fashioned from the wood of the cassia tree, and including inside Bangkok's horoscope. Its degradation by the mid-1800s prompted King Rama IV to commission a replacement, this one carved from teak and cassia and coated in gold leaf. Both of those historic city pillars reside in the spired shrine of San Lak Meuang, which adjoins the grounds of the Grand Palace and is open every day to the public. Worth checking out for insight into Bangkok's backstory!

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