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  • October 23, 2010
  • Thailand
October 23rd is the anniversary of the death of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), one of Thailand's greatest monarchs. King Chulalongkorn ruled Siam from 1868 to 1910. His reign was characterized by extensive social and economic development, including the abolition of slavery and corvee (state labor service). He is also famed for his ardent Thai nationalism, and for his skill in fending off the threat of European colonialism, despite the fact that large tracts of Siam were ceded to the Europeans during the period.

Many Thais show their respects for the great monarch by placing wreaths at the Equestrian Statue, in the Royal Plaza, Dusit District, on this public holiday. Much of this part of Bangkok was originally built during the reign of King Chulalongkorn and bears the architectural mix of Thai and European styles characteristic of the era.

Source: http://www.thailand.com/travel/festival/festivals_bangkok_chuladay.htm

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