Pattaya’s naval radio station celebrated the 137th birthday of HRH Abhakara Kiartivongse, the prince of Chumphon who is considered the father of the Royal Thai Navy.
The “buang sruang” ceremony staged before a portrait of the prince is a traditional way to honor spirits, show loyalty and present offerings.
Prince Chumphon was well recognized in the field of supernatural arts. His reputation on magic was such that he has been regarded as one of the “108 deities in heaven”. Many worshippers proclaim themselves to be his “children”, or followers, and pray to him to fulfill their wishes. Garlands were offered at the monument followed by candles and 16 incense sticks.
The prince studied naval warfare in England and returned to Siam in the age of King Rama V to serve in the Royal Siamese Navy and contribute significantly to the advancement and modernization of the service.
In addition to his career in the navy, the prince studied medicine and was particularly interested in the use of herbal medicine in treating his patients. As “Doctor Phon,” he provided medical treatment to people of all classes and races.