Bangkok City Pillar Shrine
Lak Muang are pillars that are found in many cities throughout Thailand built to commemorate the founding of that particular city. In 1782 King Rama I built the Bangkok City Pillar Shrine (also known as San Lak Muang), representing Bangkok’s foundation stone. The pillar was erected when King Rama I moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok. It was actually the first ‘building’ built in the new capital, even before the grand palace and any others. Originally consisting of just a single pillar, over time it has morphed into a widely visited shrine that many people believe has the power to grant wishes. Therefore, many tourists and locals come to the shrine to seek blessing and pray to the city’s deity.