Petchaburi City Pillar Shrine
The city pillar shrine of Petchabun is a memorabilia that this city was once a capital city of Thailand. During WWII Bangkok was heavily attacked by the Alliance, the cabinet of General Po Phibun Songkhram, who is the Prime minister, decided to move the capital and selected Petchabun to be the new capital of Thailand. Situated in the center of Thailand, Petchaburi is surrounded by mountains with one way in as well as the picturesque landscape. Moreover, it connects the Isan region and Middle region together, therefore, it is perfect to be the new capital. The government also see the potential that Petchabun can be the new secret military base to protect Thailand from the enemies (Japanese and its allies). The contraction of Petchabun as the capital city commenced om 13 March 1943 and organize the local official responsible forth city. Government officials and citizens are moved here as well as the city pillar shrine was set up here in 1944. The shrine is built with cement. The sacred ceremony is carried out by General Po Phibun Songkhram. The photo and his signature is still inside the shrine. The government offices are built temporary with bamboo and clay, which deteriorated with time. The shrine is the only remains representing the pride of the people in Petchabun. Location: Amphoe Lom Sak. Petchabun.