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Victory Monument isn’t home to many great sightseeing spots, but there are a few interesting places to visit nearby.
The Victory Monument is hard to miss. This enormous obelisk is a military memorial and national symbol. Built to commemorate Thailand’s achievement in regaining land from French Indochina, this remarkable structure is a major landmark that features five statues symbolizing various military and civilian forces.
Phyathai Palace is the main attraction in Victory Monument. Dating back to 1909, the palace is today located next to a very modern tower Phramongkutklao Hospital but has a beautiful Romanesque and gothic architecture. Inside is finely decorated and furnished as well, and has the added attraction of impressive frescoes. In addition, there are lovely gardens and other landscaping around the palace. The palace can be visited at any time, although guided tours are only held on Saturdays. It is located on Ratchawithi Road.
Those interested in Thai art as well as children will enjoy the Bangkok Doll Factory and Museum. Doll-making is a long tradition and the museum’s collection includes both modern and historical examples. Of course, there are some dolls available for sale at the gift shop. The museum is located at Soi Ratchataphan and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday.
Santiphap Park is a popular site for live music, especially jazz. It is located in the center of the Victory Monument site. It’s a nice spot to sit and appreciate the day. Santiphap Park is open from 5 a.m. to about 9 p.m. each day.