Lesser Known Historical Forts In Bangkok- 18th Century Guardians Of The City

Are you a history buff and got your heart set on visiting the vibrant city of Bangkok? Here are some of the famous historical sites in the city which you should visit.


Bangkok’s past


Siam Bangkok in Old Days
Siam Bangkok in Old Days

Thomson, J. (John), 1837-1921., Bangkok, Siam (Thailand). Wellcome L0055729CC BY 4.0


Bangkok was declared as the country’s capital in 1782 by King Rama I for strategic military reasons.

Most of the city’s fortifications were constructed during the city’s tumultuous past and still stand as great tourist attractions. The city has hence become one of the most visited places in the world.


The City Wall of Rama I


The City Wall of Rama I was constructed in 1782 is 7 km long, 3.6 m high and runs along the Chao Phraya River.

The wall has 63 gates and a fort complex at every 400 m. Unfortunately; as the threat of a Burmese invasion ceased, much of the forts and the wall was removed.

Those visiting the site will be able to see part of the wall along with a canon.


Phra Sumen Fort


Phra Sumen Fort, Bangkok
Phra Sumen Fort, Bangkok

Uthen SmantaiPhra Sumen Fort, Bangkok 2CC BY-SA 3.0

The Phra Sumen Fort, featured on a number of travel blogs such as Well Known Places, was built in 1783 during the reign of King Rama I, to protect the city against an invasion.


Vichai Prasit Fort


 Wichai Prasit Fort, on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River
Wichai Prasit Fort, on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River

Maythee Anegboonlap (IIun on Flickr), Wichai Prasit Fort by IIunCC BY-SA 2.0

Originally known as the Wichayen Fort was built under the reign of King Narai of the Ayutthayan era. It is located on the west side of the Chao Phraya River.The fort is currently used as the headquarters for the Thai Navy.

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Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+