Bangkok (1890-1910)/ The Ratchadamnoen Avenue
The Ratchadamnoen Avenue was constructed in 1899 at the outer section of Dusit Park as a connection between the front gate of the old palace and the front lawn of Dusit Park. Mimicking Queen’s Walk in London, the avenue was seventy-two meters wide, with three lines of carriage ways separated by rows of trees and footpaths. And Ratchadamnoen Avenue crossed over three rings of city moats with cast-iron bridges of neo-classical style. With twenty meters-wide strip of land on both sides of the avenue, continuous blocks of department stores and multi-storey apartments for the wealthy residents of the Bangkok were built.
Radamneon road had an important political meaning at that time. As the biggest street in Bangkok connecting the old city center and royal complex with the new palace in the northern quarter of the Dusit District, it was used for parades and ceremonies. Furthermore, along the Radamneon road, palaces, temples and public buildings were located. The administrative center of Siam evolved alongside Radamneon road.
The Ratchadamnoen Avenue
Entering Dusit Park : Ratchadamnoen avenue, looking north over Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge. Source : NAT.
View of the tree-lined inner section of Ratchadamnoen Avenue, looking south toward the Grand Palace. Source : NAT.
The Radamneon road