The special monuments in Krabi, Thailand

Posted by Krabi Riviera
on 30 Dec 2014
The special monuments in Krabi, Thailand

When visiting Thailand, visitors should make a point of seeing the special monuments erected in Krabi.

The King Chulalongkorn Monument in Krabi, Thailand

This monument was made to honor King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) who ruled Siam for 42 years, from the time he was 15, until his death on October 23, 1910, at age 57. He was the fifth king of the Chakri dynasty. He became king at a young age, after the passing of his father King Mongkut. He is the grandfather of the current King of Thailand, His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

This statue of the king is situated outside the main entrance to the provincial hall of Krabi Province. The king is depicted standing upright, wearing military garb, with a sword in his left hand, and a pith helmet in his right. 

Considered one of the great kings of Thailand, his popularity is linked to his resistance to the imperial ambitions of France and Great Britain, the abolition of slavery and state labor service, and the social and economic development that he oversaw during his reign. He modernized the country, replaced the lunar calendar with the western calendar, and reformed the administration of the government after visiting and observing those of of India, Singapore and Java.  There are many monuments of Rama V throughout Thailand, most of them situated in front of provincial administration buildings.

Each year, on October 23, Thailand celebrates King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day. People lay wreaths and flowers on the various monuments erected to memorialize him, and participate in special ceremonies. On this day, businesses remain open but government offices close.

Location: Krabi Provincial Hall, Uttarakit Rd., Mueang, Krabi 81000

Other Unique Monuments in Krabi, Thailand

Unlike most other monuments built in memory of former kings or persons who contributed something of great importance to the country, Krabi officials and residents decided to build moments to the Sea Crab, the Eagle, the Elephant, and the Ape-man. Each of these monuments holds important symbolic significance to Krabi.

  • The Sea Crab (aka Mangrove Crab) symbolizes the fertility of the mangrove forests, which play a key role in maintaining the ecological balance of the region. It is located on Uttarakit Road along the Krabi River.
  • The White-Bellied Sea Eagle Monument on Uttarakit Road signifies knowledge, self-sufficiency, vision, and consideration of others. It is the main logo of the Krabi Municipality. 
  • The Sacred White Elephant, at the intersection of Maharat Road, is a symbol of royal power. All elephants, especially the white elephant, play an important spiritual role in the life of Thai people, and are an essential feature in Buddhist art and architecture. 
  • At the crossroads of Manus Borarn Square is the Primitive Man statue, holding the traffic lights for the intersection. He represents the fact that Krabi is an important prehistoric site in Thailand. Human skeletons found at Mor Keaw Cave, Ban Na-Ching date back more than 27,000 years. The Big-Skull Devil Cave (Tham Phi Hua) located in Ao Luk Tai, shows that mankind inhabited the area more than 30,000 years ago.

Location: Krabi Town, Krabi

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