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)

The Sword of Victory — Thailand #1255 (1988)

The Royal Regalia of Thailand (เครื่องราชกกุธภัณฑ์แห่งประเทศไทย — Khrueang Raja Kakudhabhand), together with the Royal Utensils (พระขัตติยราชูปโภค — Phra Khattiya Rajuprapoke}, and the Royal Eight Weapons of Sovereignty comprise a total of 28 items traditionally presented to the kings of Thailand at their coronation ceremonies. These serve to invest the king with the outward brilliance of majesty and command. They also serve to remind the people of … Continue reading The Sword of Victory — Thailand #1255 (1988)

King Bhumibol, Jazz Musician — Thailand #1781 (1997)

On December 5, 1997, on the occasion of the 70th birthday of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, the Communications Authority of Thailand released a set of seven stamps highlighting some of the many private life activities and accomplishments of the king (Scott #1781-1787). These were printed using the photogravure process by Helio Courvoisier S.A. of Switzerland on granite paper, perforated 11½, … Continue reading King Bhumibol, Jazz Musician — Thailand #1781 (1997)