The Royal Plaza, or the Equestrian Plaza as it is sometimes called because of the large statue of King Rama V on horseback that dominates it, is a large rectangle in front of Dusit Palace in Bangkok.
In June 24, 1932, the Dusit Palace and the Royal Plaza were the scene of an historic revolution that saw Thailand transformed from an absolute monarchy to a democratic constitutional monarchy, with Rama VII King Prajatipok, abdicating in favour of Rama VIII, King Ananda.
The Royal Plaza is sometimes the scene of more peaceful mass gatherings, such as in 2012, when upwards of a hundred thousand Thais started gathering from the pre-dawn to pay homage to HM King Bumiphol on his birthday on December 5. It was the last time the King, who is in ailing health, made a public appearance on his birthday.
But even on less auspicious days the Royal Plaza is a hive of activity, with people promenading, sitting under shade trees, or having lunch as improvised street noodle stalls.