King Bhumibol’s Sufficiency Economy — Thailand #2209 (2005)

Today is a national holiday in Thailand commemorating the death anniversary of Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunla Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาจุฬาลงกรณ์ พระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว), better known simply as King Chulalongkorn or Rama V. I’ve written about him several times on this blog, including last year’s Chulalongkorn Day. This month, I have devoted the blog to the memory of His Majesty the late … Continue reading King Bhumibol’s Sufficiency Economy — Thailand #2209 (2005)

The Thai Grand Palace — Thailand #561 (1970)

The body of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, has been lying-in-state at Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat (พระที่นั่งดุสิตมหาปราสาท) throne hall within the compound of Bangkok’s Grand Palace (พระบรมมหาราชวัง — Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) since it was moved from Sirioj Hospital on the evening of October 14, 2016, a day following his death at the age of 88 years old. In just … Continue reading The Thai Grand Palace — Thailand #561 (1970)

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace — Thailand #1114 (1985)

Royal residences of the Chakri Dynasty are scattered throughout Thailand and include the Grand Palace, nineteen royal palaces (พระราชวัง — phra ratcha wang — official residences of His Majesty the King and uparaja stipulated as such by royal decree) and other palaces (วัง — wang) used by the king or other members of the royal family. The Bureau of the Royal Household administers and manages several current … Continue reading Bang Pa-In Royal Palace — Thailand #1114 (1985)

Ratana Varabhorn Order of Merit — Thailand #1285a (1988)

In Thailand, there are a number of orders, decorations and medals to military personnel, dignitaries and civilians. Royal Orders are those presented by His Majesty the King, most of which have several classes or grades of distinction. In addition, there are medals awarded for acts of bravery, services to the Kingdom, services to the monarch, various commemorative occasions and several classes of the Thai Red … Continue reading Ratana Varabhorn Order of Merit — Thailand #1285a (1988)

King Bhumibol’s Favorite Dog — Thailand #2246a (2006)

One of the biggest problems in many Thai neighborhoods and communities is the vast number of stray dogs that roam about. On November 7, 1998, a stray dog was born on Soi Soonpaetpattana on Rama 9 Road behind the Rama 9 Medical Development Center in Bangkok, part of a litter of seven. Given the name Tongdaeng (ทองแดง), the puppy was presented to His Majesty the … Continue reading King Bhumibol’s Favorite Dog — Thailand #2246a (2006)

The Royal Barge of King Bhumibol — Thailand #1692a (1996)

During his long reign, His Majesty the late King Bhumbol Adulyadej, Rama IX, revived a number of disused ceremonies and traditions from the classical period of the Chakri Dynasty. In May 1957, for the first time since the absolute monarchy was overthrown, a Thai king was conveyed up the Chao Phraya River in a royal barge procession to offer robes at temples such as Wat … Continue reading The Royal Barge of King Bhumibol — Thailand #1692a (1996)

King Bhumibol’s 36th Birthday — Thailand #419 (1963)

For a number of years, it was customary for Thailand Post (and its predecessor, the Communications Authority of Thailand) to release at least a single stamp annually to mark the birth anniversary of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX. Occasionally, this practice expanded to multiple sets spread throughout the year. Indeed, in the dozen years that I have been a resident in … Continue reading King Bhumibol’s 36th Birthday — Thailand #419 (1963)

King Bhumibol’s Royal State Visits — Pakistan #1164 (2012)

In recent years, there have been a number of stamps issued by other releasing entities bearing Thai topics. Most of these have been joint-issues commemorating anniversaries of diplomatic ties with Thailand. As far as I’ve found out, to date only three nations have released stamps portraying His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX — The Gambia issued two mini-sheets containing a total of nine … Continue reading King Bhumibol’s Royal State Visits — Pakistan #1164 (2012)