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"King Chulalongkorn Day"
2006-07-19
 

Visit in Utanede
July 19, 1897, King Chulalongkorn of Siam (present-day Thailand) visited Sweden and Ragunda municipality. He had got an invitation from the Swedish/Norwegian King Oscar II to the International Art and Industry Fair in Stockholm and he accepted.

Northern Sweden
King Oscar also wanted him to see other parts of Sweden than Stockholm, and since the Swedish sawmill industry was interesting for King Chulalongkorn, he chose the middle part of northern Sweden. There was beautiful scenery with bright summer nights and impressive waterfalls. King Chulalongkorn was also interested in the modern Swedish traffic, both on water and on land. 

Memorial Buildingg
Almost exactly one hundred year later, the construction of a memorial building in honour of the King was commenced.

Loved and admired King
In 1868, King Chulalongkorn ascended the throne of Siam. He was a loved and admired King, not least because he abolished slavery in his native country. King Chulalongkorn was the fifth king of his dynasty and was therefore called ”Rama V Chulalongkorn of Siam”.

Early morning
Already 08.30 local time we arrives to Utanede. Of course we must have a cup of coffee before we went down to the Thai Pavilion. We turn on the VHF- and the shortwave equipments. Now we are ready for the visitors.

Ceremony
At 09.55 local time the traditional procession to the statue of King Chulalongkorn starts. There is the governor of Jamtland County Ms. Maggi Mikaelsson,   The Thai ambassador in Sweden Mr. Apichart Chinwanno and Deputy Permanent Secretary for Culture  Mr. Vira Rojpojchanarat.

Dance
Lot of very beautiful flowers and gifts are put in front of to the statue of King Chulalongkorn. And then there was dance outside the Thai Pavilion.

”The White House”
During the day some hams visited us in “the White House” and many of the visitors in the park paid us a visit.

Celebrated visit at SI9AM
At 14.30 local time we got at celebrated visit at SI9AM. There were:
The Thai ambassador in Sweden, Mr. Apichart Chinawanno
The Deputy Permanent Secretary for Culture in Thailand Mr. Vira Rojpojchanarat
Minister Counsellor, Mr Thanavit Sinhaseni.
Senior Cultural Officer, External Relations Division, Mrs. Suttinee Yavaprapas,
Interior Designer, Fine Arts Department, Ms. Vimonrat Siriyuvasak,
The executive director of Ragunda Municipality, Anders Andersson

The president of SI9AM, SM3CVM/Lars gave a background for forming SI9AM while the vice president SM3FJF/Jörgen had a radio contact on på 14 MHz with

HSØAC, operator HS1CKC/Winit  from the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) in Bangkok
HSØZDX Tony Waltham in Bangkok 
HSØZDY Sam (Svante) Nordstroem in Bangkok

SM3FJF/Jörgen handed over the microphone to our guest who then had a radio contact with the Thai radio amateurs on their own language. It was a appreciated feature.

If you click on the photos you will see them larger.

Part 1, Morning

The Swedish and the Thai flag.

The traditional procession to the statue of King Chulalongkorn

The traditional procession to the statue of King Chulalongkorn

The traditional procession to the statue of King Chulalongkorn

The traditional procession to the statue of King Chulalongkorn

The traditional procession to the statue of King Chulalongkorn

SM3FWT/Hans, SM3BQC/Arne och SM3LIV/Ulla

Beautiful flowers

King Chulalongkorn

Flowers and gifts

Flowers and gifts

Gifts

Peacocks

Gifts

Dance

Dance

SM3FWT/Hans, SM3BQC/Arne och SM3FJF/Jörgen

A chat

The Thai Pavilion

Exhibitors

Exhibitors

Exhibitors

Exhibitors

Exhibitors

Exhibitors

Demonstration of Amateur Radio

SM3LIV/Ulla

SM3FJF/Jörgen

What are they doing?

A cup of coffee

Hölleforsens Power Station

More pictures
Part 2, Celebrated visit at på SI9AM
Part 3, The evening

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