Popular name for the
Phra Phutta Yotfa
side, across the
Chao Phraya River (fig.).
The bridge was
the year of
the commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the
and hence named after
the founder of this dynasty, whose statue now stands
in front of the bridge
at the Phra Nakhon
side of the river (fig.).
Legend has it that
his execution, King
cursed General Chakri (the later Rama I), saying that his power
would come to an end if Thonburi, the ancient capital under Taksin,
would ever be connected with
the part of town where King Chakri established his government, i.e.
When in 1932 the Memorial Bridge was built to celebrate the 150 year
anniversary of the Chakri dynasty, and thus connected both places,
that very same year also the absolute monarchy came to an end, and
many read in this a fulfillment of the curse of Taksin.
The bridge is made of steel and concrete, and used to have a moving
mechanism, which is nowadays in disuse.
In Thai, the official name of the bridge is
Phra Phutta Yotfa (สะพานพระพุทธยอดฟ้า),
but it is also referred to as Sapaan Pathom
‘First Great King Memorial Bridge’, a name
Phra Pathom Boromaha
a title usually given to any of the founding kings of a
dynasty and meaning ‘the
First Great King [of the