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King Chulalongkorn Day October 23rd: Celebrate with Tour of Vimanmek Mansion

Saturday, October 12, 2013

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Phra Chula Chomklao Chaoyuhua, was the eldest son of Rama VI, King Mongkut and was born in Bangkok on September 20, 1853 and later crowned King on October 1, 1868, following the death of his father.

The first few years of his reign were under a regency. King Chulalongkorn is perhaps the most revered of all the Thai Kings–during his long reign of 42 years 23 days great advances were achieved for the country. The King actively pursued a policy of modernizing the country and was heavily influenced by his European visits.

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Equestrian Statue located at Suan Amporn

See Ananda Sammakom Throne Hall for a visually enlightening tour, with European flavored architectural design seen below:

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There were a number of Europeans in his service to oversee such projects as the building of the first railway in the former Siam.

He made two visits to Europe, one in 1897 and another in 1907, during which he became familiar with most of the rulers of Europe.

Bonds of friendship between himself and the various European royal families were formed which exist to the present day.

Not just was he the first Thai king to travel abroad, but he successfully managed to bring about establishing the idea of Siam as a buffer state between the colonial possessions of the European powers in Southeast Asia.

Despite losing certain border territories Siam was never colonized – the only country in the region to maintain its sovereignty throughout the period of colonial expansionism.

Much beloved by his people he died on October 23, 1910 due to kidney disease.

Suan Amporn, the location of the famous Equestrian Statue near Ananda Sammakom Throne Hall is where he is normally celebrated on this day as this prominent statue of his likeness on a horse is memorialized there.

Learn more about this perhaps greatest King of Siam at Vimanmek Mansion

Opening Hours: 08:30 until 16:30 (Tuesday – Saturday, last ticket at 15:30)
Location: Rajavithee Road. Close to Dusit Zoo and the Dusit Palace complex.

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