Steeped in history, Rattanakosin turns 235

lifestyle April 19, 2017 10:30

By The Nation

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The Ministry of Culture is this month commemorating the 235th anniversary of the beginning of Bangkok’s Rattanakosin Period with daily activities in various locations around the old city.



The cultural festival celebrates King Rama I’s decision to make Bangkok the capital of Siam following the Burmese destruction of Ayutthaya in 1767. 

At the same time, the activities honour all kings of the Chakri Dynasty for ensuring stability and prosperity. The festival is a great chance to learn more about the early history of Rattanakosin.

An exhibition about His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be at the National Museum tomorrow through Tuesday (April 20 to 25). Tomorrow’s opening features a ceremony in homage of the past kings, coinciding with rites at the City Pillar Shrine. 

On Friday, 236 monks will receive alms in front of City Hall. On Saturday clergymen of five faiths will join in a ceremony at the National Theatre, which will also be hosting cultural performances from all four regions of Thailand tomorrow through Tuesday. 

The College of Dramatic Arts will be staging shows in Santi Chai Prakan Park as well.

The second Asean Cultural Festival is getting underway at the same time at the National Theatre, Maha Chetsadabodin Pavilion Plaza and Santi Chai Prakan Park. 

And the Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Centre is hosting a photo contest. See if you can get a winning picture among its exhibits that best captures the old district’s remarkable history.