Beloved Chulalongkorn the Great remembered

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Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri leads the Sangha ceremony, offering alms to 57 monks.
Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri leads the Sangha ceremony, offering alms to 57 monks.

Pattaya commemorated Chulalongkorn the Great, “the beloved great king” who brought democracy to Thailand on Chulalongkorn Day.

Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri presided over the Oct. 23 alms-giving ceremony where rice and dried food were given to 57 monks. Afterward, the district chief laid a wreath on the King Rama V monument.

Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri leads religious ceremonies to pay homage to a beloved king on the anniversary of his passing.
Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri leads religious ceremonies to pay homage to a beloved king on the anniversary of his passing.

King Chulalongkorn was only 15 when he ascended to the throne in 1868, ruling until his death in 1910. He transformed the country, then called Siam, from a backward Asian land to a modern 20th century nation.

When he assumed power, Siam had no schools, roads, railways, hospitals or well-equipped military forces. To achieve the enormous task of modernization, he brought in foreign advisors and sent his sons and other young men abroad for education.

After his death, King Chulalongkorn was named Piya Maharaj, “the beloved great king” and he is commemorated every Oct. 23, the date of his death.

In Chonburi, military and police officers, civil servants and residents offered flower garlands to King Chulalongkorn in front of Chonburi City Hall.

Later, the public held an alms-giving ceremony at the provincial hall. Here, too, rice and food were given to 57 monks, one for each year of the king’s life.

In Sattahip, the public and representatives from 30 organizations presented wreaths in front of a portrait of King Rama V before giving alms to 57 monks at the district office.

Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri, pays homage to Rama V before setting out to “do good”.
Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri, pays homage to Rama V before setting out to “do good”.
Volunteers “do good” by cleaning the area around Pattaya’s Railways Station.
Volunteers “do good” by cleaning the area around Pattaya’s Railways Station.

Government officials lead the public in a candlelight ceremony in the evening on Chulalongkorn Day, Oct. 23.

Local officials stand and observe 57 seconds of silence.
Local officials stand and observe 57 seconds of silence.