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DailyOperating time: 08.00 - 17.00
Tambon Chong Sadao, Amphoe Mueang, Kanchanaburi
Tel. 0 3458 9233-5 ext. 51015
Category : Historical Sites & Monuments
Attraction Details :
The Nine Armies Battle National Park was the idea of Royal Thai Army by General Surayud Chulanont, the Commander-in-Chief at that time. He assigned the 1st Army Area to corporate with government sectors, private sectors, and Thai people to build the park for the honor of King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in his Sixth-Cycle Birthday Anniversary on 5 December 1999.
The Nine Armies Battle National Park is located in Toong Ladya, Kanchanaburi Province. On the way to Erawan Waterfall in Srisawat District, turn left from the main road for about 600 meters. The entrance is decorated with flag poles. The 4 white flagpoles refer to Royal Thai Army and the 9 brown flagpoles refer to the 9 armies of Burma. However, only 5 armies marched to Toong Ladya area. Royal Thai Army came to this area to fight instead of staying in the capital city like before. Finally, Royal Thai Army won the battle.
Considering about the brief history of the Nine Armies Battle, in 1785, 2 years after Rattanakosin City was established, the palace and hall were made from wood. There was the war of throne in Burma. Finally, King Bodawpaya became the king of Burma. He is intelligent and was able to unite Burmese cities. When he heard that Thailand was building the new capital city, he thought to attack the city like in Ayutthaya era. Burma therefore moved the troop of 144,000 soldiers, divided into 9 armies, to Thailand in 5 directions. We therefore called this war “the Nine Armies Battle”. The details of 9 armies in 5 directions are as follows.
The first direction is the army no. 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. The total amount is 5 armies. These armies moved to Dan Chedi Sam Ong. King Bodawpaya was the leader of the Burmese Royal Army, the army no.8.
The second direction is the army no.9 which moved through Dan Mae Lamao. The duties of this army are to cut the northern fortresses from the central region, attack cities along Ping River, Tak, Kampaengphet, Nakorn Sawan, and finally unite with the Burmese Royal Army.
The third direction is the army no.3 which moved from Tong U and united together at Chiang Saen (of Burma). It battled Ratchaburi and cut southern fortresses.
The fourth direction is the army that moved through Dan Bong Tee, Tanaosri Mountain (Kanchanaburi). The army attacked Ratchaburi and southern fortresses.
The fifth direction is the army no.1 which contained army and navy. It attacked southern fortresses such as Chumporn and below.