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The Portuguese and Spanish first introduced Christianity into Siam in 16th and 17th centuries. These evangelists gained very modest achievements in persuading Thais to follow this religion. Correspondingly, the percentage of Christians here is lowest in Asia.

However, they performed the leading role in importing western into the kingdom. They opened hospitals, spread western medical knowledge, and sponsored for elite primary and high school. Specifically, Christians brought insurgery, made the first smallpox vaccinations, trained the first doctors in Western medicine, and wrote the first Thai-English dictionaries. The parents who intend to send their offspring abroad apply these schools for their kids.

The Chinese accounts for an overwhelming percentage of the national Christian community, the next are the Laotian and Vietnamese. Thailand's Christian population is estimated at 0.5% of the total population.

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