Phan Fa Lilat Bridge

Phan Fa Lilat Bridge (Thai: สะพานผ่านฟ้าลีลาศ; RTGS: Saphan Phan Fa Lilat; lit: Bridge of Who Passes The Sky, refers to "King's Cross Bridge"; usually shortened to "Phan Fa Bridge") is a historic bridge across Khlong Bang Lamphu (Bang Lamphu canal) on Ratchadamnoen avenue in the border of Ban Phan Thom and Bowon Niwet sub-districts, Phra Nakhon district with Ban Bat sub-district, Pom Prap Sattru Phai district, inner Bangkok near Mahakan Fort, Queen Sirikit Gallery and King Prajadhipok Museum. It divides Ratchadamnoen Avenue into two parts: Ratchadamnoen Klang (ราชดำเนินกลาง; Central Ratchadamnoen) and Ratchadamnoen Nok (ราชดำเนินนอก; Outer Ratchadamnoen), considered to be a pair with a Phan Phiphop Lila Bridge (สะพานผ่านพิภพลีลา), it is located on Ratchadamnoen Nai (ราชดำเนินใน; Inner Ratchadamnoen) near the Royal Rattanakosin Hotel beside Sanam Luang.

Phan Fa Lilat Bridge
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Side of the Bridge
CoordinatesCoordinates: 13°45′22.79″N 100°30′21.25″E / 13.7563306°N 100.5059028°E / 13.7563306; 100.5059028
CarriesRatchadamnoen Avenue
CrossesKhlong Bang Lamphu
LocaleBan Phan Thom, Bowon Niwet Sub-Districts, Phra Nakhon District and Ban Bat Sub-district, Pom Prap Sattru Phai District
Official namePhan Fa Lilat Bridge
Other name(s)Phan Fa Bridge
Maintained byBangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)
History
OpenedUnknown

It is unknown when the bridge was built. It is assumed that it was built along with Ratchadamnoen Avenue (1899–1901), during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). At present it is considered to be a bridge with a steel structure and beautiful architecture. [1] Since it is located on Ratchadamnoen Avenue between Democracy Monument and Royal Plaza it was often used as a place for political gatherings in Thai history such as the October 14 incident (1973),[2] Black May (1992), People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protests both in 2006 and 2008, United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) protests both in 2009 and 2010, People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protests (2013–14), etc.[3][4]

Foot of bridge is namesake intersection toward Royal Plaza and Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ สะพานผ่านฟ้าลีลาศ. Rattanakosin Island Information Center (in Thai).
  2. ^ 36 ปี 14 ตุลาคม เสียน้ำตาเพื่ออะไร!. Thairath (in Thai). 2009-10-19.
  3. ^ รัตนคำแปง, จุลดิศ (2010-05-17). ประวัติศาสตร์มาบรรจบ 17 พ.ค. จาก 'พฤษภาทมิฬ' ถึง 'พฤษภาเลือด'. Thairath (in Thai).
  4. ^ ตร.ลุยสลาย"ผ่านฟ้า"-รวบ"สมเกียรติ"-ระดมยิงแก๊สน้ำตาต่อเนื่อง. Manager Daily (in Thai). 2014-02-18.