Located in the northernmost end of Thailand is the city of Chiang Rai. This historic city is home to many cultural landmarks of Thailand, such as Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Phra Sing, and the Gate of Siam, as well as several other tourist attractions such as the famous Chiang Rai Night Bazaar, and the Boomerang Adventure Park. With hotels such as the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, a luxury hotel Chiang Rai, this city is without a doubt a great destination.
The city of Chiang Rai was founded in 1262, by King Mengrai the Great as the administrative capital of the powerful Lenna Kingdom that existed in northern Thailand circa the 13th Century. During this era, the city of Chiang Rai flourished, and many locals believe that the city’s success, even today, can be attributed to the foundation laid down by King Mengrai the Great. Therefore, in order to pay tribute to this great king, the King Mengrai the Great Monument was erected.
Located at the centre of the city, the King Mengrai the Great Monument is one of the most iconic and frequently visited sites in Chiang Rai. The monument comprises a bronze statue of King Mengrai the Great place upon a 3m tall block. The statue is a work of art, and depicts the great king clutching a sword with his left hand. The monument holds the ashes and relics of King Mengrai the Great, and thus many people consider the monument to be a site of reverence. As a sign of gratitude and appreciation towards the service of the king, many locals visit the monument and make offerings to the relics of the king. Thus, it common to see flowers, garlands, and other offerings at the monument. The King Mangrai the Great Monument is a symbol of the culture and history of Chiang Rai and is a cultural landmark of the city, thus, making it a must-visit landmark.
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