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Fort Mahakan - Bang Lamphu  ป้อมมหากาฬ

Travel spot <> Zone: Bang Lamphu <> Rated: F-PG 

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Duration: 20mins 

Apart from marvel at the Icon there is little to do at the site but there are many tourism Icons in the immediate area.

Only 2 forts remain: Fort Mahakan & Fort Phra Sumen








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Background

Bangkok was originally moated and walled with forts Built in 1783 during the reign of King Rama I). The moat was formed by a canal dug at a distance of about 2kms from the Royal Palace. The moat was 7.2km long, today it's called Klong Bang Lamphu and Khlong Ong Ang. The original 16 gates & 14 forts (Phra Sumen, Yukornton, Mahaprab, Mahakan, Mootaluog, Seurtayan, Mahachai, charkphet, Phisua, Mahaluok, Mahayak, Phrachun, Phra-Ar-thit, and Isintorn).

Mahakan fort octagonal-shaped. 
It's width measured from the outside base from north to south is 38 mtrs. 

Its height from ground to top of the battlements (Mai Sema) is 4.90 metres and from the ground to the roof is 35 metres. the structure is made from bricks coated with cement. The base of the structure is under the ground. 

The fort has three floors of which there are staircases leading to the first and the second floor. All of walls are decorated designs in the shape of big anglular battlements. 

The highest floor of the fort is an octagonal-shaped tower with one entrance. The roof's frames are made of wood, and the roof covered with the two-tiered tiles, its shaped like cone-shaped lid or like inverted lotus leave. At the ground floor, 6 cannons are located in sema (battlements) cavities.

The fine arts department registered the fort as the national ancient monument in 1949. 

In the period that field marshal Sarit Thanarat was the prime minister, lights were installed to make the fort attractive at night. During the reign of King Rama IX, a picture of the Mahakan Fort has been printed in the 10 Baht banknote for a while. 


In 1982 the fine arts department renovated the dilapidated part of the fort and painted it many times because the fort is located in community area. 

So, the leaders of the foreign countries, the official foreign visitors, including many travellers from all parts of the world always visit the fort.




Today

the fort remains a photo Icon and landmark

going left adjacent to the fort is some markets hidden behind the fort walls (see below)
across the road from the markets is the famous Metal Temple 


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Location

 2 Soi Damrong Rak, Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100
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Get into the culture and journey by the local ferry along the"Saen Saep" Canal (Khlong)
at pier No: 27 "Phan Fa Lilat" it's only a 50 mtr walk.









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There are many Icons in the immediate area (within 500 mtrs), see more in link "tour zone".
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Loha Prasat - Metal Castle 30 mins / Metal Temple info page SW 240m can enter to view 
Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan  1 hr / Temple and amlet markets info page SW 240m includes amlet market 
The Queens Gallery (art centre) 2 hrs .. multi story building opposite info page NW 200m 
Pier Fa Lilat on Canal Saen Saep 20 min transfer to city. day tour tickets avail info page 0m: fast canal ferry 7am to 8pm 
Top King Prahadhipok Museum 2 hrs .. multi story heritage building info page N: 60m excellent info 
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At the junction of zone "Bang Lamphu" and "Rattanakosin" along Ratchadamnoen Road.  This Road is often heavily decorated with lights around King's birthday (5 December) and Queen's birthday (12 August) and other major anniversaries. 

Sanam Luang and Lan Plabpla Maha Chedsada Bodin (ลานพลับพลามหาเจษฎาบดินทร์) in front of Wat Ratchanadda and its Loha Prasat are open spaces that frequently used to celebrate various events.












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