Posts Tagged ‘King’

More Picapp Pictures of the King of Thailand

January 7, 2010

I posted a number of pictures of the King of Thailand and the Royal Family that I found on Picapp at

It’s been one of the most popular posts on this blog.

Here are some more, focusing on His Majesty the King. They are ordered approximately from oldest to newest. Unfortunately there is a big jump in the Picapp archives from the 1960s until 2006.

I copied the captions from the photos verbatim. They are not consistent about the spelling of the King’s name. Often they use the old name of Thailand: Siam.

You can look for more pictures yourself. Go to and enter a search string like “Thailand King”. You do not need to register.

Picapp / Getty are now asserting a 2010 copyright for the pictures. Surely that’s not correct? The copyright date is the date the picture was taken or first published isn’t it? It doesn’t update as the years go by!
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King Bhumibol of Thailand with his fiancee, Sirikit, in Lausanne, where the King is a student, 13th September 1949. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Happy Birthday to the King

December 5, 2009

Today, December 5th. is the King’s 82nd birthday. Sadly he is still in hospital and will not be making his customary speech to the Thai people. I wish him well.

Here are some images that I scanned from greetings cards on sale in Bangkok.

December 5th is also celebrated as Father’s Day. Thai people thank their fathers for taking care of them. There’s even a TV show on the preceeding days that dramatizes relationships with fathers.

Picapp Pictures of the Thai Royal Family

November 9, 2009

Here are some pictures from Picapp about the Thai Royal Family. There are some good old pictures here although none that I have not see before in Thailand. The Bureau of the Royal Household regularly publishes pictures. They seems to be little restriction on their reuse in Thailand as long as they are respectful.

Picapp Pictures of King Chulalongkorn

October 14, 2009

I was happily surprised that Picapp has some good pictures of Thailand’s King Chulalongkorn – Rama V. Here is a selection:

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circa 1890: Rama V (1853 – 1910), King of Siam from 1868. Known as Chulalongkorn, he abolished slavery and feudal claims, reformed secular society and government on European models, introduced telegraph and railways.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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King Chulalongkorn of Siam (1859 – 1910) , with eleven of his sons. He is said to have had seventy children and eighty wives in all. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Tuesday Night is the King’s Night in Bangkok

October 14, 2009

King Chulalongkorn Statue
Every Tuesday night people converge on King Rama V’s statue in the Dusit district of Bangkok.

King Chulalongkorn is especially revered by Bangkok people. Some visit briefly to wai him and pray. Others sit for several hours with offerings of his favourite items. These include red roses, honey flavoured sweets and small Thai bananas.

Of course the devout also attract vendors to sell these items, plus food and drink for the worshipers. But it is generally a very mellow scene with none of the hustle that foreign tourists attract.

When I visited last night one man was handing out joss sticks and roses free to all worshipers. He said he is fortunate to have money and wanted to share some with his fellow people.

Here is a map of the location of the King’s equestrian statue.

Photography is quite challenging as the area is not well lit. I took this picture using my Canon EOS-30D with the EF 28-135mm Image Stabilized lens at 1000ASA. It’s not an exhibition quality picture but I hope it gives a flavour.

Here are some more photos from an visit earlier this year.

Honouring King Chulalongkorn.

Honouring King Chulalongkorn.

Honouring King Chulalongkorn.