Monday, May 20, 2013
The Democracy Monument - Bangkok - THAILAND
My first card from Thailand arrived today, sent by Mint (thanks!) - The Democracy Monument in Bangkok that she sees everyday on her way to school and reminds how her ancestors had to struggle for a real democracy in Thailand... maybe we should build some places like this here in Europe responding some ignorant movements that contest democracy. This postcard took 16 days to arrive!
The Democracy Monument (อนุสาวรีย์ประชาธิปไต) was started in 1939 to commemorate the 1932 revolution that ended the absolute monarchy and introduced Siam's first constitution. The design of the monument is full of symbolism. For example, the four wings are each 24 meters high, signifying the 24th of June date the new constitution was signed. The location of the monument, between the old Grand Palace and the Dusit Palace, is also significant. A copy of the original constitution is held in central pedestal.