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    The scenery inside the Royal Palace in the reign of King Rama IV (sometime between 1851-1868)

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    The reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V; 1868-1910), Siam opened the door to westerner full time. State banquets had to be prepared to keep up with the international civilization.

    This formal ceremony always gave hard time to those, though royalties and/or noble ranking people, who were not used to the western dining style, such as, eating with a set of fork, spoon and knife; ceramic tableware; formal dresses or even kinds of food made from beef or lamb which was not common for Siamese who love to eat fish or pork better.

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    (The photo showing a state banquet atmosphere held in 1897 was given by the Russian Embassy in 2007 as part of the 110 years of Siam-Russia international relations cerebration ... hope I use the right terms)


    "…Bear in mind that we go abroad to get education not because we want to be a farang but because we want to keep up with farang's education…"

    A part of the speech (by my own translation) King Chulalongkorn (Rama V; 1868-1910) gave to the first group of King's scholarship students sent, as a pioneer, to study in European countries (the future King Wachirawut (Rama VI; 1910-1925) stood behind his left shoulder) in 1897.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post



    In 1995, short circuit burned the building down. Over 1,535 million baht gone with the flame along with 4 lives and 11 badly injured

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    Nong, can you remember the scandalous rumours (and photographs) circulating around after the fire at Central Chidlom? It involved a business tycoon, famous beauty queen and the topped rank Army general. The story was that the fire may not have been an accident but the result of the interplay between the three main actors. Do you know if there was any truth in the story or just gossip?

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    RE: #401 -

    Noting that his father, HM King Mongkut, was terribly instrumental and an influential spark on the young Prince [soon to be King] as such applied to Opening up Siam to the world and all that was associated.
    Mongkut had planted the seed with an already deep association and extension to foreign relations with the West and most of Asia, though receives little credit from historians.

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    Re #401:
    As per small birds talk the King Chulalongkorn - while visiting his many sons studying in England - had advised them not to present themselves as Princes what could be quite not well always understandable among Europeans why there are so many from one family. But still letting generally known around that they are of a noble rank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shy Guava View Post
    Nong, can you remember the scandalous rumours (and photographs) circulating around after the fire at Central Chidlom? It involved a business tycoon, famous beauty queen and the topped rank Army general. The story was that the fire may not have been an accident but the result of the interplay between the three main actors. Do you know if there was any truth in the story or just gossip?

    Oh, yes, I totally forgot about this scandalous rumors that caused this fire. Remember that it concerned with Suttikiat Chiratiwat (Central, so called,'s owner), Apasara Hongsakul (ex. miss universe and his wife) and Gen. Suchinda Kraprayoon (ex. PM of Thailand) .... kind of love triangle, right?

    Amazingly that I can't find any Thai gossip let alone in English. Sorry.

    PS You really know a lot!

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    The Royal Plaza or formally the Dusit Palace Plaza also known commonly as Equestrian Statue Plaza (Lan Pra Roop) is an important public square and government quarter of Bangkok.

    The rectangular shaped square is located in front of the Ananta Samakom Throne Hall.

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    King Rama V laid the foundation stone of the throne hall on the 40th anniversary of his coronation 11 November 1908. However, he died before and the building was finished in the reign of his son, King Rama VI. It took 8 years.

    The throne hall is a two-storey construction with a large dome (49.5 m high) in the center being influenced by both, St. Paul's Cathedral in London and St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican. It was surrounded by six smaller domes. Inside the domes and walls are covered with paintings by renowned Italian painters depicting the history of the Chakri Dynasty from the first to the sixth reign.

    Being built in Italian Renaissance and Neoclassical style, the marble was imported from Carrara, Italy, which had the reputation of containing various colors of marble. All the interior objects were made by Italian sculptor Vittorio Novi and his son.

    The throne hall was used for grand royal ceremonies and receptions, as well as a gallery for the King's art collection mostly purchased from his two trips to Europe.

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    above: King Rama I coming back from war
    below: King Rama V, the abolition of slavery scene (the construction of the Ananta Samakom Throne Hall seen on the right)


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    The Sixtieth Anniversary Celebrations of King Rama IX's Accession to the Throne, 2006


    At the center of the plaza is the Equestrian Statue of King Rama V, the "Great Beloved King".

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    An outdoor sculpture cast in bronze honoring King Rama V was erected on 11 November 1908 to commemorate his 40th anniversary of his accession to the throne, the longest-reigning monarch in Siamese history at that time.

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    The statue was cast in Paris by Georges Saulo, a well-known French craftsman at that time. The model was arguably informed whether the King’s impression was on the statue of Italian King Victor Emmanuel II in Milan, Italy during his first 'Grand Tour' of Europe in 1897 or the equestrian statue of King Louis XIV of France at the Palace of Versailles.

    The budget for the statue was estimated to be around 200,000 baht but the money donated from the public exceeded the expected amount to around 1,200,000 baht.

    The excess of such amount was offered to King Rama V for future public use upon his discretion. However, before deciding what the money should be spent on, the King died on 23 October 1910. His successor, King Rama VI, later used such money to build Chulalongkorn University in his father's honor. This portion of fund was unofficially known as “Ngen (= money) Hung Ma (= horse’s tail)”.

    On 24 June 1932, in the reign of King Prachatipok (King Rama VII; 1893-1941), the plaza and the throne hall witnessed one of the most important events in Thai history as the People's Party staged a bloodless revolution that transformed the country from absolute monarchy to democratic constitutional monarchy.

    The plaza was the rally site for People's Party supporters demanding the constitution. The first permanent constitution was ceremoniously granted inside the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall on 10 December 1932.

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    Since then, the plaza has frequently been used for rallies organized by the government or palace as well as civil protests throughout the Thai history.

    A brass plaque, 30 centimeters in diameter, commemorating the Siamese Revolution of 1932 was embedded in the pavement next to the statue. It was temporarily removed during the dictatorial rule of Prime Minister Sarit Tanarat (1959–63), but later reinstated.

    Under the military rule of Prayut Chan-O-Cha, it disappeared again in April 2017 and was replaced by a plaque that highlights the importance of the monarchy without any reference to the revolution or constitution. The government refused any explanation for this exchange.

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    Shot in the reign of King Rama VI

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    The first great flood, 1942

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    Trivial...

    Nawarat bridge, Chiengmai (60s)

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    Train station, Lampang (60s)

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    G.I., Nakorn Panom (60s)

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    Li-kae, Ratchaburi (60s)

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    Mae Sareang, Mae Hongson (60s)

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    Families on 2 wheels

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    Coffee shop (70s)

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    Grocery store, Bang Kane (50s)

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    Mui Thai (40s)

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    Children's favorite games (ours too) in the 60s: Mor Kao, Mor Kang (roughly as 'fake cooking')

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    Dinner table (50)

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    The East Asiatic Company was a Danish conglomeration that spanned the globe, taking its share in almost “everything from shipping, ship-building, slaughterhouses, plantations, pharmaceutical industry, industrial companies and agencies for countless global corporations”.

    The company has a rise and fall tale that covers a century long that has been archived by the Danish government. In its story, Bangkok was the chosen location for its operations in Asia and played an instrumental role in the development of this global company.

    It started with the visionary founder named Captain Hans Niels Andersen. In his youth, Hans received training as a carpenter at a ship-building yard and eventually traversed the globe as a ship’s carpenter.

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    He arrived in Siam in 1873 (the reign of King Rama V) and proved his worth to become first mate and then a master on the Siamese ship named Thoon Kramom (= His/Her Royal Highness) owned by the King.

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    But Hans wasn’t just a sailor. He was also a shrewd businessman. In 1881, Hans bought the premises of the currently known as Mandarin Oriental Hotel and built the first luxury hotel in Siam.

    In 1897, his vision to create passenger and shipping line between Denmark, Thailand, and East Asia materialized in the form of the East Asiatic Company.

    The East Asiatic Company’s building stands on the Chao Phraya River’s bank right next to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangrak.

    The building, served as headquarter, built c. 1900 in Renaissance Revival style was designed by Annibale Rigotti.

    The building is well-conserved, and received the ASA Architectural Conservation Award in 1984.

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    Nowadays, it is used as a commercial event space, administrated by Charoemkrung Studio and is often rented as a filming location.


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    One of the East Asiatic Company’s ships that sailed between Bangkok – Chantaburi and Bangkok - Songkla
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    In the old days, this type of boats was commonly used by the royalties in the north; Chiengmai, Chiengrai sort of. They had various names such as ruea (= boat) Laos, ruea hung mang pong (= scorpion’s tail --- one's clearly shown) and etc.

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    Mae Ping River (Don’t know when. Just look cool!)

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    It is estimated that
    the ratio of the number of Chinese living in Bangkok in the reigns of King Rama V-VI (late 1800s – early 1900s) was up to 1/3
    (Note: Male’s hairdo (pigtail) and the little girl's 'ta-ping' and ankle bracelets)

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    We (Thais) call this food stall 'yong yong lao' (yong yong = the way they sit / lao is derived from a Chinese term which means restaurant)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    Mae Ping River (Don’t know when. Just look cool!)
    Nong, really nice pictures. And not so often seen. Especially the picture of Mae Ping River that could be taken not far before the location of the Bhumipol Dam, before it was constructed more than 50 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Nong, really nice pictures. And not so often seen. Especially the picture of Mae Ping River that could be taken not far before the location of the Bhumipol Dam, before it was constructed more than 50 years ago.
    Thanks and Wow, you really know the details. I assume that you are an engineer...


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    The story of Nielson Hays Library

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    Thirteen British and American women established the Bangkok Ladies’ Library Association in 1869
    (King Rama V’s), with the aim of circulating and sharing books. Initially staffed by volunteers. it opened one day a week.

    By 1897 it was open every day (except Sunday) and a paid librarian was employed.
    It originally housed rent-free in various personal homes (and later in a chapel).

    By 1914 it was clear that a dedicated building was required. A plot of land in Surawong Road was purchased.


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    Around this time, one of the most active Board members was Jennie Neilson. A Danish by birth, Jennie had lived in America before entering Siam as a protestant missionary in 1881.


    Hearing that two suitable young American doctors were on their way to Bangkok, Jennie and a friend were said to have selected their respective future husbands prior to the gentlemen disembarking.


    Dr. Thomas Heyward Hays became Chief of the Royal Thai Navy Hospital and later the first Director of the Sirirat Hospital. Jennie Neilson Hays served as President of the Library three times and was a mainstay of the organization for twenty years.

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    Sadly Jennie passed away suddenly in 1920 – possibly as a result of cholera.

    Dr. Hays chose to honor his wife by commissioning a new library to be built in her memory, using the plot of land purchased earlier.

    The result is the elegant neo-classical building which opened on 26 June, 1922.

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    The library had lived peacefully in its new and permanent home for many years, until 1941 during the WWII when the Japanese forces used it for billeting troops. More than 1,000 rare volumes were shipped to Japan during this time, along with precious architectural blueprints. Many books were subsequently returned, but some of the rarest books and blueprints are still missing.

    Designed by Italian architect Mario Tamagno, the building was awarded the status of “Historic Landmark” in 1986 by the Association of Siamese Architects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    Thanks and Wow, you really know the details. I assume that you are an engineer...
    One doesn't need to be an engineer to know something about the very first Thai hydropower plant. When it was finished it was the main source for Thai electricity. Not so nowadays, not only by the high development that needs much more from many others, but also that the rains are no longer like the ones 50 years ago...

    Incidentally, I know one nice Thai man who was that time in charge of the construction. Years before it was started, he was sent by Thai govt to Boulder, Colorado, location of the famous Boulder Dam constructed before WW2, afterwards renamed to Hoover Dam. He had stayed there few years with his family, learning all the secrets of such huge dam, applying that later here for Bhumipol Dam in Tak province. And later in charge of many other power plants, now in high age still active.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Incidentally, I know one nice Thai man who was that time in charge of the construction. Years before it was started, he was sent by Thai govt to Boulder, Colorado, location of the famous Boulder Dam constructed before WW2, afterwards renamed to Hoover Dam. He had stayed there few years with his family, learning all the secrets of such huge dam, applying that later here for Bhumipol Dam in Tak province. And later in charge of many other power plants, now in high age still active.
    Very interesting story! Do you still remember his name? Before retiring, I had worked there but different department.

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    During the time of absolute monarchy in Siam, there were a lot of palaces (= wung) scattering here and there around Bangkok. Since the democratic system has ruled over, those palaces became disappeared one by one.

    Here is one example of a beautiful palace named Wang Burapa Pirom.

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    The palace was built to be the residence of Prince Panurangsri Sawangwong (1860-1928), youngest brother of King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V), who was the origin of the royal family surname Panupan.

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    It was built in the year 1875 according to the order of his brother, the King, with a colonial style by Italian architect Joachim Grassi. Its name means "East Palace" and was regarded as another palace that was very luxury and grand. People in that time knew that the lights never went out there.

    After WWII, it became an abandoned palace. The descendants of the Prince therefore decided to sell it to a businessman Osot Kosin in the year 1951 with a price of nearly 13 million baht to build a new shopping and entertainment area on that land.

    The demolition was completed in 1954 and three movie theaters namely Kings (shown below), Queens and Grand were, instead, main attractions there.

    Since then the original location of the Burapa Pirom Palace became Bangkok's most bustling commercial district during the 50s – 60s under the name of Wung Burapa which is known as the center of trendy and cool people of that era.

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    The prosperity of Wung Burapa began to decline when Rachaprasong Shopping Center and Siam Squire replaced respectively started in 1965.

    Note: As a classic car bitch, I couldn't help noticing that silver car on the right. It was a 1952 Tatra Tatraplan T 600 made in Czechoslovakia. It was considered very weird looking (yet so cool in my eyes). Have never thought that this one used to run here and there once in Bangkok.

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    (for more details: The car that stood up to Germany | The West Australian)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    Very interesting story! Do you still remember his name? Before retiring, I had worked there but different department.
    Of course I know names of my friends. However, I would not dare to publicise it here, on a forum known for the "respectful" behaviour of the present vultures...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    It was a 1952 Tatra Tatraplan T 600 made in Czechoslovakia.
    Really, quite strange appearance of such a car in Bkk.
    A stronger sister of that car owns Jay Leno in his famous collection in California:

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    These Tatra cars with the unique air cooled engine had been quite something different among other European cars. And their big brothers heavy trucks - also with air cooed engines - had been (perhaps still are) very preferred in Siberia, because of their functionality even in the lowest subzero temperatures, without need to care about the coolant liquid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    These Tatra cars with the unique air cooled engine had been quite something different among other European cars.
    You seem to be forgetting the Volkswagen Beetle. Began production in 1938 and went on to become he first and best selling small car in the world. Having had 3 I can tell you for sure they were air cooled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    You seem to be forgetting the Volkswagen Beetle. Began production in 1938 and went on to become he first and best selling small car in the world. Having had 3 I can tell you for sure they were air cooled.
    21.5 million Beetles were built - THE number one manufactured car in history . . . easy for Kloondyke to forget in his propaganda world.

    Air cooled.

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    and here is one. Bangkok street scene circa 1950's I would say.

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    Excellent . . . thank you again for all your effort, NathanielNong

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    You seem to be forgetting the Volkswagen Beetle. Began production in 1938 and went on to become he first and best selling small car in the world. Having had 3 I can tell you for sure they were air cooled.
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    21.5 million Beetles were built - THE number one manufactured car in history . . . easy for Kloondyke to forget in his propaganda world.

    Air cooled.
    You seem to be forgetting the fact as remarked in the article Nong has attached: (Wondering why the DM1M was paid ...)

    There was just one snag. Tatra took on Porsche alleging patent infringements — specifically the air-cooled, rear mounted engine — in 1938, two years after Tatra launched its Beetle look-alike 97 model, and could have collected a small fortune but the legal action dissolved when nazi Germany invaded and annexed Czechoslovakia in March 1939.

    History may debate the legal action as it was proved that the Porsche development was quite separate to that of Tatra and the case could have been considered lightweight given air cooling and rear-mounted engines were also used by other companies.

    But the previous owners of Tatra, the German Ringhoffer family, persisted and Volkswagen in 1961 paid the family one-million Deutschmarks (equivalent today of $3.4 million) under a confidential agreement. The money never went to benefit Tatra or the communist rulers of Czechoslovakia who had taken control of the country in 1948.

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