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Chulalongkorn Day

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"Chulalongkorn Day" or "Wan Piyamaharaj Day" is the National day in Thailand to commemorate the passing away of King Chulalongkorn or King Rama V. It annually celebrated in 23rd October to honor the beloved king and his contribution to Thailand in reforming education system, military affairs, State Railway and slave abolition without bloodshed.

Chulalongkorn is the fifth king of Chakri Dynasty, reigning during mid to late 1800’s and early 1900’s He is credited with saving Thailand from the colonization of foreign powers through a combination of modernizing reforms and shrewd diplomacy. The most important contribution of the king is the slave abolition with the announcement of Slave Liberation Act. To honor the Great King, on this memorial day, Thai people take part in several activities to show their respect to the late monarch. Wreath laying ceremony is performed at Equestrian Statue, in the Royal Plaza, Dusit District. National flag are flown at government offices and houses. There are also academic seminars for better public understanding of the royal merit of the King and significance of this day and exhibitions of the king’s life and works.

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