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Mahakan Fort, Bangkok

Mahakan Fort - Bangkok, Thailand
Mahakan Fort
Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (at junction with Maha Chai Road), Bangkok, Thailand 10200Map
Phra Nakorn
+66 2 694 1222

The white painted Mahakan Fort with cannon peeping over the parapets looks somewhat out of place on the congested Ratchdamnoen Klang Road. It dates from the reign of Rama I (1782-1809) when three rings of defensive canals and fourteen forts were built to defend the royal palace of Rattanakosin. Nowadays, only Phra Sumen fort on Phra Athit Road and Mahakan Fort remain. The fort is octagonal in shape, built of brick, coated in cement and is on three levels inside. Furthermore, art of the old city wall runs from the fort along Maha Chai Road for a couple of hundred meters. There is no access to the fort, but it is an interesting reminder of an older city. The fort is lit up at night, and from Ratchdamnoen Klang Road you can get a photograph with Wat Saket illuminated in the background. - AH

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