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This bridge in the middle of Bangkok commemorates the memory of King Rama VIII and is a prestigious part of the Bangkok transport system. It crosses the Chao Phraya River with the tower located on the river bank. The bridge has 2 lanes per traffic direction (3.5 m / lane), and a bicycle and walkway lane.

It is an unsymmetrical cable stayed bridge with one Y shape pylon which is 163 m high.

The river side stays are arranged in a double plane and the back stays are in a single plane. The total length, including the approach spans, is 2.45 km. The construction of the main span proceded by cantilevered construction, with deck segments floated in by barge and lifted by gantry cranes on the deck. Prestressing operations and cables installation were conducted by BBR Thailand.

ompleted in 2002, the Rama VIII Bridge is another sculptural addition to Bangkok's skyline. A single pylon rises from the west bank of the Chaophraya River. From it a series of golden threads stretch out over the river to hold up the road surface which arches gracefully over the river.
The pylon is topped by a sort of flame, also painted a golden color. You can see it from much of the old royal city, especially the Golden Mount. There was talk when it opened that an elevator would be installed to take people up inside the pylon to its top, where the view is supposed to be fantastic.

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