Thailand's Victory Monument
To me, the Victory Monument in Thailand (Thai: อนุสาวรีย์ชัยสมรภูมิ, Anusawari Chai Samoraphum) is my own memorable monument, too.
You see, when I first set foot in Thailand in 2002, this monument was my special landmark whenever I go to that part of Bangkok coming from my place near the Nonthaburi area. And this was for a year since I was taking language lessons then near Sala Daeng. I could conveniently take the sky train from the Victory Monument BTS sky train station going to language school. It was like I could never get lost in Bangkok as long as I would know how near I am to the monument 🙂 Just as I would know how to get around Bangkok on a bus or van coming from this area; a number of bus lines and vans use the area as a terminal. There are also shopping places just around the area as well as both local Thai restaurants and fast food chains.
I found out that the monument was erected in 1941. It was meant to celebrate or remember Thai victory in the Franco-Thai war. Later on, it appears that Thailand was forced to return the territories it gained during this war. Well, this seems like a sad turn around of events to me. But still, it is undeniable that the Victory Monument has remained as a landmark in Thailand and yes, to a Filipino like me 🙂
Note: This post is also linked with Wednesday Whites, Mellow Yellow Monday and Tuesday Travels.