Santichai Prakan Park (สวนสาธารณะสันติชัยปราการ) is a small public park, approx. 1.28 hectares, that lies sandwiched between Phra Athit Road and the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is in an area especially popular with low-budget western tourists and Thai university students. It has an excellent view of the nearby Rama VIII Bridge. The Park houses the Santichiaprakarn throne, the only riverside throne. It was believed in the past that this whole area were covered with a Lamphu tree, hence it was called Bang Lamphu. Adjacent to the park is the Phra Sumen Fort. The fort is a national historic monument.

Phra Sumen Fort is the hexagonal-shape concrete fort built in the reign of King Rama I. It was built along with 13 other forts to protect Bangkok. When the fort was renovated a few years ago, items found inside were collected and displayed in a museum on the top floor of the fort. Nevertheless, the Phra Sumeru Fort is still worth a visit. Besides its historical value, the octagonal-shaped three-level structure with its snow-white walls is one of Bangkok's recognized landmarks.

Santichaiprakarn Park was constructed near Phra Sumen Fort under the cooperation between the Royal Thai Government and the general public to mark the auspicious occasion of the sixth cycle birthday anniversary of His Majesty the King on 5 December, 1999. The spacious area provides a pleasant atmosphere as well as a scenic view of the Chao Phraya River and the Rama VIII Bridge. It is popular among both Thais and foreigners. This area used to be the situation of sugar factory and a godown of Sri Maharacha Co., Ltd. Later, it was renovated and landscape adjustment in the area about 3.2 acres was done, it was completed in 1999, H. M.King Rama IX graciously named Santi Chai Prakan Park, meaning The Park With A Fort That Symbolized The Vicotry Of Peacefulness, there are many interesting in the area of this park, such as: Santi Chai Prakan Mansion, Phra Sumen Fort, Lam Phu Tree, Pho Si Maha Pho Tree.

Historically, PhraSumen Fort was built in the reign of King Rama I in 1783 along with 14 other fortresses and battlements surrounding the capital when Bangkok was established as the new capital. This fort is one of the two forts remaining across the centuries. It was made from bricks coated with cement in octagon shaped. Its front side faces towards Bang Lamphu Canal the basements of the fort and the wall are made to be wide flattened bases and are situated 2 meters under the ground. The size from the northern side to the southern side is 45 meters wide. Its height from ground to the top of Bai Sema (battlements) is 10.50 meters, and 18.90 meters measured from the floor of the upper floor of the fort to the roof of the battle tower. It is a 3-storey tower and has 3 stair cases inside the fort. Also it has earth work and a shelter that protects the ammunition. The roof collapsed during reign of King Rama IV or V, but was restored, on the bicentennial anniversary of Bangkok's foundation, by the Fine Arts Department in 1982 using old photographs as a guide


LocationSantichaiPrakan Public Park/PhraSumen Fort
Phra Athit Road, Chana Songkhram Sub-district, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.

You can take to Phra Arthit Pier and walk there. However, if you are away from the river, take the taxi.

Operating hours: Daily.

Admission: Free.

Information correct as of January 2011.