"The Chakri dynasty" Respect for Royalty Tip by Bjorgvin

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The Chakri dynasty has ruled in Thailand since 1782, but the role of the monarchy is limited. The founder of the dynasty was Rama I (r. 1782-1809) and it was in his reign and his successors´ that the Grand Palace and the greatest temples were built. Rama IV (r. 1851-1868) concentrated more on the development of the city. In the reign of Rama V, King Chulalongkorn (r. 1868-1910) the city was transformed through a program of public works, continued by Rama VI (1910-25).

King Rama IV (King Mongkut) opened his country to influence from the west and instigated reforms and modern development. He was the model for the king in the musical comedy, The King and I (1956) starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner, and Anna and the King (1999) starring Jodie Foster and Yun-Fat Chow.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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