The importance of Phra Sumen Fort (ป้อมพระสุเมรุ) can be summed up in one sentence: among the fourteen forts built along the Chao Phraya River during Bangkok’s foundation, this is the only one left. Built in the late 18th century, these forts and the surrounding walls protected the just-founded city against the looming Burmese threat during the reign of King Rama I. After the Burmese were beaten back, the forts fell out of use and perished one by one. Phra Sumeru only remained because it was chosen to be turned into a tourist attraction. It was renovated in 1982, on the bicentennial anniversary of Bangkok’s foundation.
GPS Coordinates: 13.764072632912, 100.49574102118