Thailand monarchy is a kind of
unique institution. Its history has been dating for
700 years with a present function in an amazing
vitality and relevance in the modern world.
absolute form of the Thai monarchy ended in 1932 and
the actual monarchy is stronger than ever, offering
the unifying element for Thailand.
It is a focal
point bringing together Thais from all the political
thoughts and backgrounds and giving them a strong
One strong proof was in 1996 when His
Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej celebrated 50 years
He became the
longest reigning monarch in the entire Thailand monarchy and
history; the Thais simply outpoured their affection and
pride, reactions that are also expressed for the king in
numerous ways, smaller or larger. The respect’s intensity
that the Thais feel for the king is also a result of the
modern monarchy’s form; this modern form of monarchy
involves an excellent personal contact degree. Thais great
love and respect for the monarchy also have roots in the
past rulers who are still models for people and in the
attitude of the modern Thai nation.
The Chitralada Villa of Dusit Palace and the
Grand Palace are the two building associated with
the Thailand monarchy. The first mentioned building
is not as large and as ornate as the second one and
it was chosen by the King Bhumibol Adulyadej himself
as the Bangkok residence for his family.
also other 4 royal residences outside Bangkok: in
the South of Thailand in the Narathiwat province, in
North-East of the country in the Sakon Nakhon
province, in the Chiang Mai’s North and on the
Thailand Gulf, at Hua Hin.
in the capital of the country is not only a royal residency
but it also serves for other various activities. Under the
same roof are: a hospital for the royal staff but also for
the needing people, a school and some agricultural
facilities are experienced here too.
The Grand Palace has more than
200 years and one of its sections is occupied by the
Emerald Buddha Temple – Wat Phra Kaeo. The temple
was built in 1782 by the King Rama I. It is the only
temple without resident monks and this is why it is
a royal chapel. It also houses the most revered
image of Buddha from Thailand: the Emerald Buddha.
Numerous religious ceremonies of great importance
are performed here by the King of Thailand such as
the ritual in which the image of the regalia,
encrusted with jewels, is changed at the beginning
of the rainy, cool and hot season. The Sovereignty
Royal Eight Weapons, the Royal Utensils and the
Royal Regalia are in
number of 28 and are presented to the
Thailand’s kings at the coronation ceremony. Among all these
items, the one of prime importance is the Royal Regalia. The
above mentioned items remind the Thais about the
responsibilities and the burdens he king has and invest the
Thai king with majesty.