Phra Sumen Fort was built in 1782 to protect the newly established capital of Thailand and has three levels and many storerooms. It is about 20 meters high and 45 meters wide, and you will see it when you walk from Khao San Road. To Phra Arthit Road. The fort was built of masonry, one of the main reasons it survived for 200 years before being renovated. You can also visit the National Museum on the third level and enjoy the city and river views. Today the fort is considered a monument of national importance.
- Phra Sumen Fort, as well as nearby Mahakan Fort and Santichaiprakarn Park, are open all day and entry are free for all.
- Just a short walk from the fort is Phra Arthit Pier, where you can take a speedboat down the Chao Phraya River and see the city from the river.
- The fort was renovated in 1982, the 200th anniversary of the founding of Bangkok, and was created based on photographs from the reign of King Rama V.
- The fort’s original heptagonal tower collapsed during the reign of King Rama V, and the current one was built during the renovation.
- If you are looking for a place to relax after visiting the fort, Santichaiprakan Park, right next door, is a great place to do so.
In 1981, the Department of Fine Arts repaired the photos taken during the reign of King Rama V and restored them in the same way, beautifying the surroundings, such as the public Park named Santichai Prakarn with a pavilion Phrathinang called. Santichai is used in the Royal Barge Procession. It features distinctive Thai-style architecture with wood carvings and gables. From Santichai Prakarn Oak, you can see the Chao Phraya River and Rama VI Bridge in a clear atmosphere. There is a grassy courtyard where locals and visitors can relax and enjoy the view of the Chao Phraya River. People often come here to play sports and take part in cultural activities that take place throughout the year, such as
Musical performances and traditional events. This is where Bang Lam Phu’s last cork oak tree stood before it died due to the great flood of 2011 while a new one was being planted. – Phra Sumen Fort surrounded BangLamphu township with a high participation force and Mahakarn Fort township.
In 1999, the land adjacent to Phra Sumen Fort was cleared and turned into a public park. Santichaiprakan Park isn’t huge, but with lots of greenery and a view of the Chao Phraya River, it’s a nice place to sit and relax. Visit in the early evening and take an aerobics class, while the Park is a popular spot with local families on the weekends. Proximity to nearby budget hotels and guesthouses on and around Khao San Road combined with its location next to Banglampu River Pier (Tha Banglamphu N13) means the Park also attracts an eclectic mix of international visitors. Please note that smoking and alcohol consumption is prohibited in the Park.
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Phra Sumen Fort is the northern part of the original fourteen forts from the early days of Bangkok’s life as capital. It has three levels and around 35 storage rooms. Lower levels were placed for the cannons and storage rooms for weapons and ammunition. The third level is a museum where you can find items found during the renovation process and enjoy panoramic city views. The fortress stands out from the surrounding area with its white walls and hexagonal tower.
The tower was hexagonal so soldiers could keep an eye on the enemy from all sides. A small area near the fort became Santichaiprakan Park in 2000. strong during the night as the view will leave you in awe.