Saphaan Charoenrat 32 (สะพานเจริญราษฎร์ ๓๒)
‘Prosperity 32 Bridge’.
Name of an arched
bridge that spans
Khlong Maha Naak,
‘Canal of the Great
at its eastern end (fig.).
It was commissioned
sponsored by King
Sanitary Department for public utility purposes.
The bridge, on
Krung Kasem Road, was officially opened
on 1 January
1912 to mark King
and named Charoenrat 32 as a reference to this event.
The bridge is made with reinforced concrete and has cement handrails on both
sides, which at either end are adorned with the statue of a five-headed
a hint to the canal's name. In the center of
the naga's body is a dark, radiating, sun-shaped
a reference to the
dynasty, with the King's royal
cipher, i.e. the letters W. Ch. R. (ว.ช.ร.), which stand for Wachirawut (วชิราวุธ).
On either side, in the middle of the handrail, is a plaque with the bridge's
name and the year 131 R.S. (ร.ศ.), the year the bridge was finished according to
and which officially started
on 6 April 1782 with the accession of
Hence the year 131
RE corresponds to 1912 AD.
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