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Bangkok City Pillar Shrine

near the Temple of the Emerald Buddha Mahachai Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand
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Ranked #119 of 235 attractions in Bangkok
Type: Religious Sites
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Madison, Wisconsin
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Not the most interesting of the shrines we visited in Southeast Asia, it was still worth a 15 minute walk-through on the way to the Grand Palace. First erected in 1782 when King Rama I moved the capital of Siam to Bangkok, the shrine contains a wooden pillar that symbolizes the stability of power needed when a new city is... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

It might be interesting to collect photos of each City Pillar shrine in Thailand. This is Bangkok's city pillar shrine. Is it more interesting than the others. Hmmm, no. But, perhaps, no less interesting than the others, either.

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Zhuhai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

This shrine is next to the Grand Palace and the Ministry of Defense. It is not amazing like Reclining Buddha or Emerald Buddha, but it is a popular site for prayer and meditation for the locals. Nice to see Thais practicing their faith.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

The place next to Wat Prakaew & Grand Palace just at corner. The shine is good for praying and wish u best luck with the belief that the pillar is the symbol of the stability in your life

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

You could visit this temple before walk toward to the Grand Palace. It is a simple temple but many people visit this place for praying. One thing that i disliked most is the tuktuk driver who always said that the Grand Palace is closed today and blah blah blah. Come on guys, you have to know that is a common... More

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Bangkok's City Pillar Shrine is indeed a deeply significant place, steeped in deep religious and civic significance. It is a shame that its exposure to the elements, its lack of cohesive signage or explanation, and its total lack of docent support make it an attraction for the well-studied and not theose who wish to learn on-site. The city began here,... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Every day I want to spank tourists who return from a trip in the north of Thailand or from the southern islands, and say: "there is nothing to do in Bangkok".... In fact, Any attraction found anywhere in Thailand, you can find in or around Bangkok. Once I reveal to them few of the attractions located within walking distance from... More

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Batley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Pretty much every Tuk Tuk driver in Bangkok will try to tell you that "today is a Buddhist holiday" and that where you're trying to go is either closed for prayer or "free to get in today only". This is their most basic scam to get you to go where they want to take you so that they can milk... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Entrance if free. Very exposed this shrine so try and avoid seeing it in the heat of the day so go early or later on. Well I have been to the grand palace on previous trips and because this attraction is small it does not feature on a lot of tourist maps but it is still there. You do not... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

The Pillar shrine is the center of Bangkok. All distances should be measured from there (actually they are not). Worth seeing. There are in fact 2 pillars, the first (older) was "planted "by HM Rama I

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