Explore Thailand: Founder Rama I

The king the world remembers as King Rama I of Siam was born as Thongduang. His own country, now known as Thailand, remembers him as Phraphutthayotfa Chulalok. He was born on the 21st March 1737 in the city of Ayutthaya, located in central Thailand, north of Bangkok.

His mother, of mixed Chinese and Thai origin, was the wife of a top court official in Ayutthaya. He became King of Siam in 1782 after defeating a rebellion that had deposed the previous king, Taksin. Thongduang, as they then knew him was then, a successful military leader.

Thongduang led campaigns against Burmese and Cambodian invaders. He rose to become the highest-ranking among the nobility of the region. After the fall of King Taksin, he took the throne and crowned himself the king of Siam.

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Achievements of Rama I’s Reign

He set up his capital at Rattanakosin, known today as Bangkok. During his reign, Siam asserted itself as a powerful nation. Under Rama I, Siam defeated Burmese invasions. It asserted its influence over Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Rama I was a wartime king rather than a peacetime king.

He constructed temples and monuments. This gave his people work after the losses incurred by wars and invasions. He was the father of 42 children, by his wife and various concubines.

Legacy of Rama I

King Rama I died on the 7th September 1809. Although an 18th-century king, Rama I’s influence has endureded in Thailand, as Siam now called. History remembers him as a majestic warrior king. His country also remembers him as the founder of the Chakri dynasty. Each year on 6 April “Chakri Memorial Day” is observed as a public holiday to commemorate the founder of the Chakri dynasty. This is the dynasty that reigns over Thailand until the present day.

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The capital city of Bangkok to this day sets itself apart as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Far East, with cuisine that draws people from all over the world. Dishes that unite the flavours from Chinese, Indian and seemingly international dishes, when in fact it is Thailand that was the original for these flavoursome dishes.

 

 

Most Popular Attractions in Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Sukhumvit, Bangkok

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These destinations include restaurants, shopping malls and museums.

Sukhumvit is Bangkok’s well-known commercial hub with many superb shopping malls, nightlife hotspots, museums, and international hotels, such as the Lancaster Bangkok. Some of the renowned landmarks in this place has included the Soi Cowboy and Terminal 21 among others. Below are some of the most popular attractions in Sukhumvit, Bangkok.

The Soi Cowboy – at Fabulous Red Light District

If you do not want to be in Sukhumvit, your experience will be incomplete if you do not make a point to tour the renowned Soi Cowboy. Many classy bars around. Soi Cowboy is a perfect place for nightlife fun. Nana Plaza is an equally excellent nightlife spot to visit.

Fabulous Shopping Spots – Such as the Terminal 21

If you wish to have an unforgettable shopping experience in Bangkok, then Sukhumvit is a must-visit destination for you. Here, you will find some of the world’s biggest shopping stores and malls with affordable products.

Terminal 21 is one of the best shopping spots recommended to visitors. It is designed to look like an airport terminal and has wonderfully themed floors inside which are very attractive. Bangkok is the Emporium. Another perfect choice for shopping in Sukhumvit. Emporium is a beautiful shopping mall with many classy brands available for shopping.

Museums

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They are a Perfect Place to Learn about The Rich Thai Culture.

There are many museums in Sukhumvit, Bangkok. One excellent example is the Kamthieng House Museum. Here beautiful artworks displaying the Thai culture are showcased to the visitors. The museum is a beautiful Thai style building constructed in the 19th century. This museum was constructed to be a museum.

There are other museums to visit in Sukhumvit such as the Museum of Thai Pharmacy, the “National Science Center for Education” and the Thailand Design and Creative Center.

Gorgeous Restaurants in Sukhumvit, Bangkok

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Just like the Makkasan District’s Lancaster Bangkok Restaurant, Sukhumvit has some of the best restaurants in Thailand. Western food while in Bangkok.

One of these classy cafés includes the Tsu Japanese Restaurant, a 5 star Bangkok hotel which serves tasty Japanese dishes. Other restaurants include the following.

• Chinese Restaurant Pagoda

• Nami Teppanyaki Steakhouse

• New York Steakhouse

• Siam Tea Room

Sukhumvit, Bangkok memorable by visiting some of its best spots. You have a wide range of museums and cafes. More memorable.