Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge)

If you visit the famous Grand Palace or the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, then chances are that you might see the Memorial Bridge. It’s the second bridge built in Bangkok to cross the mighty Chao Phraya River, connecting Phra Nakhon and Thonburi districts of the city. It was built in 1932 to commemorate 150 years of the Chakri Dynasty.

Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge) Bangkok
Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge) Bangkok
Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge) Bangkok

The bascule bridge is beige and green and really makes you feel like you’re in the Bangkok Old City. From the walkway, you can watch tourists shuttle boats or longtail boats go by, and even catch a glimpse of the famous Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) for some insta-worthy snaps.

Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge) Bangkok
Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge) Bangkok

Nearby you can also find Thailand’s largest and busiest flower market,
Pak Khlong Talat; the backpacker haven, Khao San Road; and Kilometer Zero for Thailand’s official center of the country’s road system, Democracy Monument. The closest tourist attraction to the bridge would be the Statue of King Rama I on the Phra Nakhon side of the bridge.