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  Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters

 

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The main entrance to the Headquarters of the Royal Thai Armed Forces in Bangkok's Laksi District. Here, at its entrance, stands a monument of King Naresuan the Great (fig.) on the back of his war elephant (fig.), which is also shown on a Thai postage stamp issued in 1984 to mark Armed Force Day (fig.), celebrated annually on 18 January, to commemorate the victory of King Naresuan, which took place on 18 January 1593. Despite its strong similarity to the Suriyothai battle elephant memorial (fig.) at Thung Makhaam Yong, near Ayutthaya, this monument at the entrance to the Royal Thai Armed Forces HQ in Bangkok reportedly represents King Naresuan. The main office building is fashioned in the form of a star, akin to those used to indicate ranks for officers of the Royal Thai Army and Air Force (fig.).

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