Old Photos of Victory Monument and Silom Road

This photo was taken circa 1951, the year Rajwitee Hospital in the southwest corner of the circle was built (it is still there today). The photo has been reproduced in many books about Bangkok, including ones by historian Anake Nawigamune.
Anyone familiar with today's Victory Monument has to marvel at the open green areas all around the circle..

The photo above was taken in 1946 by Peter Williams Hunt, a British pilot who took aerial photographs of Bangkok and vicinity around 1946 for the Allied Forces to determine if Thailand could produce enough rice for war indemnity. North is in the direction of the upper road on the right (Phahonyothin Road).
This photo was reprinted in the limited-edition book, Bangkok 1946-1996, published by the Siam Cement Foundation in cooperation with the Fine Arts Department in 1996. The book has the same basic premise as Bangkok Then and Now, but on a much larger scale with 73 sets of large "then and now" photos. We have no idea where you can find a copy--perhaps at the used book section of Chatuchak Market.

Victory Monument area in days gone by - November 5, 2004
Above is an undated photo of the Victory Monument area.

Silom Road 85 years on...

Above: Silom Road, circa 1920s. Undated photo from Katlee Sampatisiri. "Silom Road in those days was not paved and was very dusty. This is picture of a wooden bridge taken by my father. This is only one I have."

Right: Silom Road, 2006 at Saladaeng Skytrain Station

(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

Sao Ching Cha - The Giant Swing
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