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The very first locations for Muay fights were very simple, just an area of land without any facilities. There was no ring, no rounds and no specific regulations. The fight usually ended when another one was no more capable of continuing.
The first permanent stadium or arena was Suan Kularb Arena located on Saipet Road, Bangkok.
Suan Kularb Arena was in use for about 10 years from the year 1920. The Stadium was established by the King Wajirawudh (Rama VI) who was by himself very interested in the Art of Muay and traveled to various places around the country to watch specially arranged Royal Muay contests.
Between the mid-1920s and the late-1930s other, maybe the most notable Arenas were Tar Charng, Lak Muang, Suan Sanuk and Suan Jao Ched.
During the World War II, some of the notable Arenas were Tar Prachan, Pattanagorn Theather, Sri Ayutthaya Theather and Thonburi Theather.
After the war on the year 1945, the very famous Ratchadamnoen Stadium was established and later in the year 1956 the Lumpini Stadium. Both Stadiums are still in use and the champions of those stadiums are highly respected in Thailand and worldwide.
The construction of the new Lumpinee Boxing Stadium started 2013 in the Royal Thai Army Sport Center area, at Ramintra Road and the new Stadium was officially opened day 11th February 2014. The old and very historical stadium will be no longer in use. Youtube: a first look inside the new Lumpinee Stadium.
At present, In addition to the Ratchadamnoen and Lumpini Stadiums, some of the very well-known and highly esteemed stadiums in Bagkok are Siam Omnoi (near Bangkok at Samut Sakhon) and Channel 7's Stadium (opposite Chatuchak Park, admission free).
Other well-known stadiums in Bangkok or near are Aswindum (Ramintra Road), Ladprao, Samrong (at Samut Prakan), Baan Klang (at Pathum Tani) and Rangsit (323 Prahonyothin Rd. Prachatipat Thayaburee Prathumthanee). There are also fights every Wednesday just near the MBK shopping centre.
In addition to stadiums in or near Bangkok, there are also stadiums of all levels around the whole Thailand. Many young fighters start their fighting career at their home province and later move to Bangkok.
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