Established in 1945, Rajadamnern Stadium is the oldest and best-known boxing stadium in Thailand. For more than 70 years it has hosted battles between many of the sport’s greats – both local and international fighters. This is the stage where Thailand’s Muay Thai legends battle it out for title fights and ultimate glory. Rajadamnern Stadium is one of the best places to enjoy the authentic Muay Thai experience and witness this unique sport at its finest. Tourists can choose to sit up ringside to be up close to the action, or experience the noise of the crowd by sitting with the local fans. Either way, you can be at the heart of the action and experience an atmosphere to be savoured. The stadium is located in the old city area of Bangkok, not far from Khaosan Road, and is easily accessible by taxi or car, with little traffic in the area at night. Rajadamnern Stadium hosts fights every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Imprese Italiane All’ Estero-Oriente won the construction contract to build the stadium in 1941. When the foundation stone was laid on March I, the 258,900 baht project then started. The project, not yet completed, was forced to stop during World War II due to the lack of construction supplies. Later in 1944, Mr Pramote Puengsoonthorn, then appointed deputy director of the office of the Crown Property, brought the boxing stadium project into consideration again. He submitted the plan to the director, Col Suwan Phenchan who also agreed and ordered that the construction of the nearly-finished stadium be completed.
When World War II ended, the construction resumed in August 1945. It took only four months to complete and the national boxing stadium was ready for its first match in December 23. Mr Pramote Puengsoonthorn became the first stadium manager and remained in the post until his retirement from the his last position as director of the office of the Crown Property in 1947. Replacing Mr Pramote was Mr Pralart Issarangkura who was then deputy director of the office of the Crown Property. He held the position as stadium manager for two years and was succeeded by Mr Chalerm Cheosakul.
Seeing the inconvenience of holding boxing matches in an open air stadium, Mr Chalerm therefore asked to roof the whole place. M.L. Taweewongse Thawalyasak, then director of the office of Crown Property, agreed and assigned the Christiani & Nielsen (Thailand) Co Ltd to build the roof as well as some additional seats. The well-equipped standard stadium was completed in 1951. During the seven years of operation under the office of the Crown Property, Rajadamnern boxing stadium ran in a loss. The office planned to give up its operation and offered to rent it to any private organization (under the condition that the organization must be owned by Thai).
Mr Chalerm who was still stadium manager, thought that it would not be suitable to let outsiders run the stadium. He, therefore, asked permission from the office of the Crown Property to run the stadium and founded the “Rajadamnern Co Ltd” in May 24, 1953. The Rajadamnern Co Ltd has since organized boxing matches at Rajadamnern boxing stadium, expanded its infra structure and gradually developed it so that it has now become one of the world-renowned boxing stadium and an institution of Muay Thai in Thailand.
1 Ratchadamnern Nok Rd, Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10200