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    The sensual sons (my own English adaptation), the dark side of ancient Buddhism in Siam.

    As normally known that, since the beginning, every wat has had ‘dek wat’ whose jobs are responsible of various kinds of wat chores (for instance, the 3rd photo on page 38/929).

    But in the ancient days (and probably today, still), there was a special kind of ‘dek wat’ who were raised privately by senior monks and became secret tradition among them. These senior monks groomed these boys better than the others and used to them as sex slaves.

    These boys were locally called ‘loog sawat (= the sensual sons)’ and kept in private collection.

    There were often that these senior monks fought and injured each other over a beautiful dek wat in order to get him in his own loog sawat
    collection.

    The records of this story had already been known since the reign of King Rama I who deemed these monks very perverted and shameful and a disgrace to the country.

    Therefore, he enacted the law of the monks
    to be used to punish the offenders.

    There was a part included in old record that mentioned about this story:

    “When these monks meet ‘dek wat’ and are attracted to their youthful faces which make them feel sexually aroused. They try to approach them and lure them to their private cubicles then have sex with them. After that these dek wat become their possession. They groom these dek wat and have them trail along wherever they go making a very obscene sight to see...”

    (Note: Photo taken in the reign of King Rama IV)
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    The position titled ‘Aide-de-camp’ was established in the reign of King Rama V. The name has been changed to ‘Royal Bodyguard’ in 1891.

    This computer colored version shows King Rama V’s Chief of aide-de-camp (from the Bunnag clan) with his family shot at his home by klong ‘Somdej Chao Praya’, Thonburi area.

    Sitting next to him on the bench was his ‘principle wife – (mea luang). The rest that were sitting on the ground were his ‘wives – (mea noi)’!

    Note: It was the time of ‘betel quid chewing’ era.

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    The British Dispensary Group is, as of today, a Thai pharmaceutical and cosmetics group of companies.

    It was originally founded in 1892 (the reign of King Rama V) by a Scottish doctor named Peter Gowan (left) and an American doctor Thomas Heyward Hays (right), both of whom had been in the service of the government of King.

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    Their business was one among several modern pharmacies that emerged in the country toward the end of the nineteenth century, and was a well-known establishment on the corner of Charoen Krung Road (New Road) and Surawong Road in what was the city's European district.

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    After a few years, Gowan passed the business onto Hays, and a second branch was opened in 1897 at Si Kak Praya Sri in what was then the inner city.

    Hays operated the business until 1906, when he transferred his interests to J. J. McBeth, who had joined the firm in 1898.

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    In 1928, McBeth retired to his home country, and sold the business to Luan Vongvanij, a Chinese immigrant who had previously been an apprentice at the store. Since then, the business has been largely owned by the family, with Luan handing control to his sons Boonchit and Boonyong in 1963, and Boonyong to his son Anurut in 1993.

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    The group produces personal care products as well as medications and supplements. It is best known for its Snake brand Prickly Heat cooling powder, so-named after the company's trademark, which had long been known by locals as ‘Tra Ngu’ (= 'snake brand').

    It also produces other personal care products under the Snake Brand, as well as St. Luke's baby powder and Quinna skin tonic. Its annual revenue was about 1.2 billion baht in 2009.

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    The company’s trademark since the beginning. Because the English name was very hard for Siamese tongue so, they called it as ‘Hung Kai Ya Anglit Tra Ngu (= Sneak Brand British Pharmacy)’.

    This term has finally replaced the English term and become the company’s official name when the company was run by all Thai people in 1928.
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    35-40 years ago it was on New Road between the Oriental and the GPO, by far the best pharmacy and totally English speaking back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    It was originally founded in 1892 (the reign of King Rama V) by a Scottish doctor named Peter Gowan (left) and an American doctor Thomas Heyward Hays (right), both of whom had been in the service of the government of the King.
    Dr. Thomas Heyward Hays was later to commission a library in memory of his late wife, Jennie Neilson Hays.

    It opened on June 26, 1922.

    https://neilsonhayslibrary.org/about/history/

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    A part of history related to the event in 1776 when Ong Chiang Chun and group of Vietnamese fled from Ha Tien of Vietnam to Bangkok. King Taksin, the Great who reigned the Kingdom of Thonburi allowed them to live in the area called today as “Pahurat”.

    Later, Ong Chiang Chun was caught of being a spy and was executed. Other Vietnamese were banished from the kingdom.

    In King Rama I’s reign, they were permitted to come back and settle in the areas called Talad Noi and Bang Poh.

    At that time, these Vietnamese, who were Buddhist but different branches, cooperated in building two temples for the Vietnamese monks, Wat Kan Yoeng Toe (Wat Yuan Talad Noi) and Wat Kwang Poek Toe (Wat Yuan Bang Poh)... (Yuan = Vietnamese)

    Wat Kan Yoeng Toe or Wat Yuan Talad Noi is a sizeable temple located in the Talad Noi, Samphanthawong area of Bangkok.

    It has been assumed that this temple was originally built in 1787.

    Back when King Rama IV was still Prince Mongkut and ordained as a monk in the reign of his half-brother, King Rama III, he met a Vietnamese senior monk named Ong Hueng who gave a talk about Mahayana Buddhism and the Prince was enthusiastic.

    When the Prince took the throne, he gave Ong Hueng a monk title of Pra Kru Kananam Samanachan and a main position in administrating all Vietnamese monks in the country.

    Later on, King Rama V named Wat Yuan Talad Noi as "Wat U Phai Rat Bumrung". Of which, ‘u-phai’ means ‘two’ which explains that it was supported by two monarchs.

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    Note: Below are photos of Wat Kwang Poek Toe or Wat Yuan Bang Poh or officially, Wat Anamnikayaram

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    The first talking movie studio in Thailand was named “Sri Krung Studio” or also known as 'Thai Hollywood'. It was built in 1935 on a rice field of which the area was described back then as "a remote area in Bangkok called ‘Tung (= field) Bang Kapi’".

    This place was later passed by Sukhumwit Road, around the area where Soi Asoke was built. At present, the site is said to be near the MRT Sukhumwit.

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    King Rama IV

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    King Rama V

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    King Rama VI

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    King Rama VII

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    King Rama IX

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    King Rama X

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    The computer colored photo shows the Islamic burial building located inside the Takia Yokin mosque in Ayutthaya shot in the reign of King Rama V in 1896.


    It was built over the tomb of Toh Takia, an Indian, who came into Ayutthaya Kingdom in 1554 in the reign of King Chakrapat of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya to spread Islam.

    It is believed that Toh Takia had magic. He once used it to compete with a Siamese abbot who also had good maneuver in this kind of art.

    Legend says that Toh Takia defeated the Siamese abbot. The abbot felt enthusiastic so much that he left the monkhood and embraced Islam instead.

    The two became best friends and tried to spread their religion.

    Toh Takia died first in 1579 in the reign of King Maha Thummaracha. His body was interred in a burial ground. Seven years later the abbot died and his bodied was also interred near Toh Takia’s.

    Later on, the Muslim donated their money to build this building, shown in the photo above, over these two tombs and since then it has become a sacred place.


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    The computer colored photo shows the Royal Ploughing Ceremony held in 1917 in the reign of King Rama VI at Payatai Field (now the area that covers Pra Mongkutklao Hospital and around).

    (More story on page 28/682)

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    Praya Palazzo Building or formerly named Ban (=house) Bang Yi Khan is located on the banks of the Chao Praya River. It was the residence of Praya Chonlapunpanich who was a Chinese noble in the reign of King Rama V. He was the founder of Anekwanich family.

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    The house was built in 1923 in the reign of King Rama VI.

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    In 1938, Praya Chonlapunpanich passed away. The house was passed on to Mr. Panchit Anekavanich, his 7th son. The descendants of Praya Chonlapunpanich still lived in this Ban Bang Yi Khan until the world had turned. More cars were used than boats. Finally the Anekwanich family moved from this off-road house to live in the Sukhumvit area and left this house abandoned.

    In 1955, the house was sold to Bangkok Noi Muslim Group to use as the building of Ratchakarun School for providing education to disadvantaged children of all religions with cheap tuition fee. This caused funding problems. It had run for 22 years before shut down in 1977.

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    Later on, the building has been leased by a vocational school until 1996. After that, the building was deserted.

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    It later, has been rented by Praya Palazzo Com. Ltd. since 2008. The company executives led by Asst. Prof. Wichai Pitukworarat restored the building and it becomes a hotel and a restaurant named Praya Palazzo.

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    Although the building was abandoned for a long time and damaged by flooding from time to time and the restoration to maintain the original style is very hard, the working team was able to do very well. This valuable building has been preserved for the architecture and the history of the nation.

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    The tradition of building a wat had been established since the Ayutthaya period and continued to arrive in the early Rattanakosin’s.

    This tradition hit its peak in the reign of King Rama III (1824-1851) because the city was now more stable and wealthier through trade than before. People with high positions and wealth such as royalty, nobility, magnate, were all devoted to building wat.

    During that reign, there was a saying: "Any philanthropists who also like to build wat are the King’s favorites".

    Wat Mu located on the edge of Khlong Dan (in Pasri Charoen District) is one of them. It is an ancient Wat whose name was said to have been originated from the occupation of the builder who was a Chinese named Wu. His occupation was to raise and sell pigs (= mu or moo). When came the time of him being rich from trading, he did not hesitate to build a wat as according to the traditions of the laity in those days.

    Later on, the Wat became dilapidated. One of the King’s Royal Concubines who was his favorite and also had faith in Buddhism renovated the Wat to be back as good shape as before. When finished, the King elevated it as a royal temple and gave a new official name as ‘Wat Ubsornsawan (ubsorn = angel / sawan = heaven)”

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    (The original of this computer colored photo was shot in the reign of King Rama V)
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