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Virtual Earth map of The City Pillar Shrine (San Lak Muang), BKK, Thailand

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The City Pillar Shrine (San Lak Muang):

This shrine is at the south east corner of Phramane Ground or Sanam Luang. While Thailand is a Buddhist country, aspects of Brahmanism which preceded Buddhism, can still be seen.

The Thais, believe that the City Pillar symbolized the establishment of a community. The City Pillar of Bangkok was first built on April 21, 1782. Later by the royal command of King Rama IV the old City Pillar, was replaced with a new one. So there are now two pillars standing together in the shrine.

The shrine was renovated to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Bangkok in 1982. The old building was destroyed and replaced by the new one. A shrine for the city's guardian spirits was also built next to it.



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