Chonburi marks anniversary of King Rama IV’s passing

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Chonburi marked the 146th anniversary of the death of King Rama IV, who ruled Thailand for 17 years in the 19th century.

Gov. Khomsan Ekachai led the Oct. 1 ceremony with police, soldiers, civil servants and students.

King Rama IV, who ruled as King Mongkut from 1851-1868, is best known as the royal figure in the 1956 film “The King and I.”

Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai leads officials in paying homage to King Rama IV on the anniversary of his passing in 1868.Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai leads officials in paying homage to King Rama IV on the anniversary of his passing in 1868.

Inside the kingdom, he was known as the father of science and technology, introducing modern technology in Thailand amid the first real colonial pressure from the West. A master student of astronomy, he changed the Buddhist calendar, fixing its long-standing miscalculations. He also created courts and the police force.

Rama IV was hailed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2004 as an important figure towards the world of education, science, culture, social sciences, humanities and telecommunications.