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Thailand Monarchy

 

 

Thailand Monarchy

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.

 

The 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 Thai awareness.

 

One strong proof was in 1996 when His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej celebrated 50 years of reign.

 

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.

 

Monarchy in Thailand

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.

 

There are 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.

 

Chitralada Villa 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

Thailand Monarchy

 

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.

 
 

  

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