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"Chulalongkorn Day"
October 23, 2006

History
"Chulalongkorn Day" or "Piyamaharaj Day", which they say in Thai, is celebrated on 23rd October of every year. It is the day when King Chulalongkorn, or King Rama V, died.
King Rama V (1853-1910) was one of the most important kings in the past in Thailand. The most important thing he did was abolish slavery but he also did many other reforms in order to modernize the country.

King Rama V’s long reign of 42-years was a busy era of full-scale reform and the emergence of Thailand into the modern age. He learned the systems of Western Governments, made friends with major powers such as Britain, France, America and Russia and sent the royal children to be educated in the West. It seems he was prepared to learn from the West while at the same time, resisting domination by the major powers. Above all, he was the first Thai monarch who travelled widely: to neighbouring countries in Asia and to Europe twice. Wherever he went, he was impressed by the hospitality and respect shown to him by the Royalty of the various countries.

His death on October 23, 1910 was a great loss to the entire nation as he was one of the most honoured and beloved kings who were often called “Somdej Phra Piyamaharaj”. Moreover, Thai people also believed in the King’s miraculous power of bringing good luck and prosperity to the person who pays respect to him.

Celebration
Also in Utanede, in the Thai Pavilion they celebrated the memory of King Chulalongkorn on October 23. Lots of flowers and gifts were given to the statue of King Chulalongkorn.

 

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The Thai Pavilion on October 23. There is snow in the air, but the grass hasn´t became white yet.

The statue of King Chulalongkorn

Lots of flowers and gifts.

Lots of flowers and gifts.

A lot of people had come to Utanede this day to honour the memory of King Chulalongkorn.

Visitors

Visitors

Lots of flowers and gifts.

On their way out from the Thai Pavilion.

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