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    The locomotive hangar at Bangkok Noi train station.


    During the WWII, this train station was the location of the forces of the Japanese Army to transport material equipment to the west and south of Thailand.

    The area, therefore, was heavily bombed by the Allies as shown in the photo below.

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    Sanam Luang....

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    Nong,

    How about some shots of the old weekend market at Sanam Luang, before it moved out to JJ. It was still a must on the tourist trail back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Nong,

    How about some shots of the old weekend market at Sanam Luang, before it moved out to JJ. It was still a must on the tourist trail back then.
    Right away, sir!

    สนามหลวง-ราษฎร: รวมภาพตลาดนัดสนามหลวง | สาระ ความรู้ ข่าวสาร ความบันเทิง ของชาวมัธยมศึกษา และประถมศึกษา : Knowledge for Thai Student | ThaiGoodView.com


    Ps I really miss the atmosphere. My family took me there very often. They always bought me 'loog chin ping' which was very delicious then took me to have lunch at 'Sorn Daeng' at the Democracy Monument roundabout

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    In this computer colored photo, shown above, whose original B&W was taken in 1906 (the reign of King Rama V), it is clearer to see Sanam Luang, in front of the Grand Palace, on the right,
    the, then, "Prison for Minor Crimes Department" on the left which later has been demolished and replaced by the statue of "Mother Earth twisting her hair" in the corner and Ministry of Justice Building as seen on the B&W photo which was shot in 1953 and colored photo shot in 1964 (shown below).

    The Pan Pipob Leela Bridge built in 1902 has been one of the three beautiful bridges along the Ratchadumnern Road. This one was built over the old city moat called Klong Lod.

    In the B&W photo shot in 1953 and colored photo shot in 1964, the bridge is seen renovated. The beautiful wrought iron on each side of the bridge and the lamp posts are gone.

    In the colored photo shot in 2019, the Ministry of Justice Building is finally gone. It has been moved to a new location on Ratchadapisake Road in 1993.

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    (Shot in 1953)


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    (Shot in 1964)


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    (Shot in 2019)
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    Talad Plu is a community and marketplace by Klong Bangkok Yai in Thonburi District (the west side of the Chao Praya River), Bangkok.

    Talad Plu has a history of over 200 years since Thonburi Kingdom in the reign of King Taksin the Great, the new kingdom after the fall of Ayutthaya Kingdom in 1767 (related stories on page 32/795 and 19/472).

    At that time, it was a community of overseas Chinese or Thai-Chinese, including Muslims and Mon.

    When King Rama I established a new kingdom of Rattanakosin and moved the capital across the Chao Praya River to the east side, most of the overseas Chinese moved to live in Sumpeng but some of them were still here and have descended to the present day.

    The name "Talad Plu" which has originated this area since the beginning concerns about the vast ‘plu = (betel)’ plantations business made by Thai-Chinese which spread along Klong Bang Sai Kai to Klong Bang Prom as far as Klong Bang Waek areas.

    The collected plu were sold in the area starting from the dyke in front of Wat Ratchakhrue till Wat Intharam, turning this place to be the big and main wholesale market of ‘loog mak = (betel nuts)’ and ‘bai plu = (betel leaves)’.

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    Hence comes the name "Talad Plu" or betel market which, until the reign of King Rama VII, gained reputation as a main source of the mak-plu products that supported the consumption of people both in Bangkok and other provinces throughout Siam and furthered to foreign countries such as India and the Middle East.

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    After 1957, the government has a plan to develop the capital city of Bangkok by expanding the city and building public utilities, filling in canals, building more houses for rent. Those caused the plu plantation areas to become less and less.

    More and more people stopped gardening. The farmlands were transformed into residential areas.

    Although plu plantations have been now disappeared, the name Talad Plu is still used for this area.

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    Then and Now...


    Ban Moh

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    Siam area

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    This computer colored photo shows a massage therapy (for commoners); shot in 1861 (King Rama IV) by Pierre Rossier, the pioneering Swiss photographer.

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    The computer colored photo shows styles of ‘roen thai (Thai styled houses)’ in the reign of King Rama V (late 1800s).

    On the left is a house for a normal family (related story on page 7/153) and on the right, for a loaded family (cannot find more details to explain except that they used wood boards which were more expensive instead of cheaper nipa leaves).

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    In 1897, when Siam was being threatened by the Western colonial powers, His Majesty King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn) embarked on a trip to Europe to visit 14 countries as official guest of their leaders and monarchs.

    The 8 month long journey (7th of April – 17th of December 1897 ), the first ever visit to the western world of a Siam Monarch, was ostensibly a manifestation of King Chulalongkorn's vision for natural development and diplomacy.

    The trip had consequently contributed in no small measures to the modernization of Siam and to the maintenance of the country's sovereignty and independence.

    On 17th – 31st of May 1897, H.M. King Chulalongkorn visited Switzerland where he was warmly received by its leaders and people.

    The welcoming ceremony in Bern was particularly spectacular as thousands of people lined the streets to greet the Royal procession.

    All through the 15 days in Switzerland, the King's activities were closely followed by the curious local press. A Swiss journal 'La patrie Suisse' described H.M. King Chulalongkorn as 'un monarque intelligent, généreux et liberal' who had a mild manner with an elegant look and a firm steady stride.

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    Arrival of Royal procession at Bernerhof, 25th of May 1897


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    Seating arrangements of the official luncheon on 25th May 1897


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    Menu card of the luncheon offered by the Swiss Confederation in honor of H.M. King Chulalongkorn on 25th May 1897 in Bernerhof


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    Menu of the State Luncheon on 25th May 1897


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    Programme of the music performed during the State Luncheon on 25th May 1897


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    Photograph taken by Ami-Emile Pricam at the Villa Plongeon in Geneva after the official luncheon offered by King Chulalongkorn to the federal Council


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    Menu card of the dinner offered by the Berne cantonal Government to King Chulalongkorn at the grand Hotel Victoria in Interlaken on 28th May 1897


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    Menu for the dinner at the Grand Hotel Victoria, Interlaken on 28th May 1897


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    A concert was performed on 28th May 1897 at the Kursaal Interlaken, in honor of King Chulalongkorn


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    The back side of the concert program on 28th May 1897 at the Kursaal, Interlaken


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    King Chulalongkorn on the Kleine Scheidegg, 29th May, 1897


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    The Royal Party leaves the Kleine Scheidegg for Grindelwald on 29th May 1897

    (Note: It seems K. Klondyke understands this language very well!)

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    Memory Lane (In my own language)-1890-png

    vaka or simply pronounced as ‘Chee-wa-ka’ was the personal physician of Buddha. He lived in Rājagṛha, present-day Rajgir, in the 5th century BCE. Sometimes described as the "Medicine King", he figures prominently in legendary accounts in Asia as a model healer, and is honored as such by traditional healers in several Asian countries.

    This photo was taken in 1890 at Wat Pra Kaew.


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    No description available just that from a collection shot in 1800s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    (Note: It seems K. Klondyke understands this language very well!)
    Actually, K. Klondyke does not see the full picture on the right hand side (some of them only) - he is wondering why...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Actually, K. Klondyke does not see the full picture on the right hand side (some of them only) - he is wondering why...
    Which article?

    The 985? The photos inserted in the 985 look fine here and I used a laptop of which the screen is narrower than the PC's.

    Could you be more specific (which article)? So, I can check.

    PS Anyone has the same problem as K. Klondyke?


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    Perhaps a hacker or Pegasus (?) on my neck. Will have to check it out...

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    Washing the 60s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Actually, K. Klondyke does not see the full picture on the right hand side (some of them only) - he is wondering why...
    Click on the picture.

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    More information on this photo:

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    It describes as 'The pavilion for King of Siam with attendants' (no more details and I doubt because it looks too small and full of stuff inside and why monks are there for?).

    The photo was shot in c1890s (which is according to the reign of King Rama V) by G.R. Lambert & Co. who were group of German photographers, based in Singapore, for the King of Siam and the Sultan of Johor. They had branches in Kuala Lumpur, Sumatra, Singapore and Bangkok. They photographed the Federal Conferences in 1896 and 1903 and became the largest photographic business in the Malay Peninsula.

    The original one is for sale at AUD $990.

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    Movie time...


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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    More information on this photo:

    Memory Lane (In my own language)-1890-unknown-jpg

    It describes as 'The pavilion for King of Siam with attendants' (no more details and I doubt because it looks too small and full of stuff inside and why monks are there for?).

    The photo was shot in c1890s (which is according to the reign of King Rama V) by G.R. Lambert & Co. who were group of German photographers, based in Singapore, for the King of Siam and the Sultan of Johor. They had branches in Kuala Lumpur, Sumatra, Singapore and Bangkok. They photographed the Federal Conferences in 1896 and 1903 and became the largest photographic business in the Malay Peninsula.

    The original one is for sale at AUD $990.

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    Note: Historians analyze that the place shown in the photo was probably constructed inside the area of a Siam/Thai wat located somewhere (most likely to be Penang) in British territory on the Malay Peninsula. The sign GOD SAVE THE KING OF SIAM is probably a sign made by the British authorities to welcome King Rama V's visit in 1890.

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    Following the article 985 above,

    While King Chulalongkorn was visiting Europe in 1897, all the Royal Princes, all of whom were the King’s sons, who were studying in Europe gathered together to give their father a Royal Welcome in Geneva.

    This Royal Welcome party held at Parc des Eaux-Vivres, Geneva, was led by the 16 year old Siam Crown Prince Wachirawut (the future King Rama VI), who organized an evening of entertainment for his father starting with a play titled “My Friend Jarlet", a 1865 British original play in one act authored by Arnold Golsworthy and E.B. Norman.

    “My friend Jarlet” is a story of “Jarlet” who sacrifices his life for the love of Marie Leroux, his daughter, and her lover Paul, who is also Jarlet’s friend.

    The future King Rama VI seemed to be greatly impressed by the theme of the ‘the friendship” in the play that it inspired him to translate the story into Thai language with Thai title given as “Mit Tae (a true friend)”.

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    In the play, the Siam Crown Prince took the role of the young lady, Marie Leroux. The rest of the characters were his half-brothers and friends.


    2 years later this play had been set on a stage again in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This time it was included in the welcome party organized by Prince Chakrapong Phuwanat for his big brother (from the same mother, the Supreme Queen Consort), the Siam Crown Prince Wachirawut’s visit.

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    This time, it was Prince Chakrapong Phuwanat who took the role of Marie Leroux.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    While King Chulalongkorn was visiting Europe in 1897, all the Royal Princes, all of whom were the King’s sons, who were studying in Europe gathered together to give their father a Royal Welcome in Geneva.
    The little birds talk was that the King told to all sons, no need to say that you all are princes, people would be confused by such a high number of you. Just tell them you are of a noble family...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    The little birds talk was that the King told to all sons, no need to say that you all are princes, people would be confused by such a high number of you. Just tell them you are of a noble family...
    Related articles on pages 16/379 and 33/814!

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    George Bradley McFarland was born in 1866. He was a Siam-born American physician who was instrumental in establishing modern medical education in Siam/Thailand.

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    His parents who were Presbyterian missionary started their work first down south in Petchaburi Province but on August 1st, 1878, they both becoming government officers accepted King Rama V’s invitation to open, and with his father being the director of, a new school with the consent of Mission Board.

    This school is the first government school named “King’s College” located in Anan Garden, the area in Nanta Utayan Palace (built by the order of King Rama IV, now a part of the Thai Royal Navy). The school was only for young royal and noblemen. His father was well-known as a strict teacher even towards the kings’ children.

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    George attended this school and was the biggest boy and always won at boxing. His English was better than other students, however, his Thai was a joke for his classmates because he had Thai southern accent (partly because his nanny was a local in Petchaburi Province).

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    (He is shown in the middle with a top-knotted head sitting on the nanny's lap)


    Having a chance to associate with high ranking children opening doors for George for his future work God had planned him to do to help Siam.

    After graduated from primary education at King’s College School in 1883, George assisted his father as a teacher then in 1884 he went away to join Washington and Jefferson College and spent more years in the United States.

    He finally graduated with a M.D. degree from Western Medical College in 1890, in 1891 from Baltimore College of Physicians and Surgeons with a M.D. degree and also, in 1891 from Chirurgical College of Dentist with a D.D.S. degree (Doctor of Dentist Science).

    His distinguished and prolific career began at the age of 25 when he returned to Bangkok on November 25th, 1891 to serve his home country to show his gratitude towards Siam at the request of Dr. Thomas Hayward Hays.

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    In 1892, he was immediately appointed Superintendent of The Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, and was commissioned to open the Royal Medical College, the government’s first medical school and was then appointed Dean of the College. He wrote medical texts to use because none was available and also introduced modern medical treatment to be used in Siam.

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    George also opened a private dental office at Pak Klong Talat (close to, nowadays, Sapan Put by the Chao Praya River) before later moved to Sri Kak Praya Sri. There he became the first dentist in Siam and the first to introduce ebony-black false teeth. He received honorary degree from Chulalongkorn University – Medical Faculty.

    He was/is regarded as “The First Brick of Thai Medical School”

    Other branches of carrier, George bought the rights to the Siamese-English Dictionary by Mitchell and started work on the McFarland Thai-English Dictionary which took 10 years.

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    In 1897, he continued his brother’s legacy by manufacturing Thailand’s first typewriter which his brother had invented then opened the Smith Premier Store in Bangkok and introduced the Siamese Typewriter to all government offices.

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    In 1915, The Smith Premier Company was taken over by the Remington Company and while on furlough, George helped them to get out the first Siamese Portable and introduced a system of Touch Method instruction and added a Siamese Adding and Accounting.

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    Moreover, George wrote the “Historical Sketch of Protestant Missions in Siam” for the Centenary of Protestant Missions in Thailand.

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    After years of dedicated work in Siam, Dr. George McFarland was granted a pension and the title of Pra Ajvidyakom (a senior level of civic rank of a government official in the old days before the Great Revolution in 1932) by King Rama VI as well as a 4.5 acre piece of land in Hua Hin on which he built his holiday home.

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    (Renovated)


    George resigned from government in 1926 and died in 1942 at his home.

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    (At the
    Bangkok Protestant Cemetery; related story on page 39/969)


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