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Around Rattanakosin Island (old part of the city) 1/6
(Car shot taken on Nove 1st, 2007)

- Mounment of King Rama V the Great.
The construction of monuments in the form of statues or symbolic figures in memory of important persons or historical incidents is actually not a Thai tradition. It came to Thailand only recently during the reign of King Rama V when the country began to open to western influences.

The Equestrian Statue of King Rama V, situated in front of Dusit Palace, was the first statue erected to a Thai king. The statue was built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the coronation of King Rama V. Thai people at that time made contributions totaling a million baht for this statue, out of their love for the great king. The bronze statue was cast in Paris during King Rama V's second visit to Europe in 1907, and finished the following year. It was the only statue produced during the King's reign.

The King passed away on October 23, 1910, two years after the statue was erected. After his death, people continued to gather at the statue to pay homage to the revered monarch. Ceremonies to pay respect to the beloved king are still held each year on October 23.

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Nov 04 2007 23:33 GMT backstreets PRO
Thank you for beeing you,,,
Nov 04 2007 23:34 GMT Poulet PRO
My pleasure my dear friend!
Have a beautiful week, Fernando! :)))
Nov 04 2007 23:40 GMT bennystr
Fantastic shot, fascinating info!
Nov 05 2007 00:38 GMT abojovna PRO
Beautiful statue and monument, dear Poulet! So big different from our statue ... St. Wenceslaw on horse :-)!
Nov 05 2007 00:44 GMT peterpinhole
Ineteresting story! A magestic tribute. Great car shot....could be a postcard!
Nov 05 2007 00:52 GMT megmet PRO
Lovely shot and very interesting notes too!
Nov 05 2007 00:54 GMT Midworlder PRO
A very striking monument Poulet
Nov 05 2007 01:34 GMT jceca PRO
all the big cities have the monument of some important person riding the horse ... doesn't matter in which part of the world ...

nice shot and interesting informations !!!
Nov 05 2007 02:10 GMT PhotoPro PRO
gereat perspective Poulet!! fantastic shot too!!

I always enjoy your series so much!!!
Nov 05 2007 02:12 GMT Poulet PRO
Thank you, Bill!
Glad you enjoyed them! :))
Nov 05 2007 02:23 GMT aquiles PRO
Nov 05 2007 02:24 GMT Haw59 PRO
Love this picture and the information.
Nov 05 2007 02:29 GMT iyerhari
Great Sympolic!!!
Nov 05 2007 04:05 GMT Prikthai
I cant believe he has time for work. He has so many childern!!!! ;-)
Nov 05 2007 04:19 GMT ashdad PRO
Great view of the statue and interesting background.
Nov 05 2007 06:17 GMT sini
Lovely view!:)
Nov 05 2007 07:31 GMT Squirrel PRO
Beautiful monument and great photo.............................
Nov 06 2007 00:58 GMT gtc126
Super Entry!!!! Interesting Info!!!!!!!
Nov 06 2007 02:26 GMT Studio88
Excellent History of the King and Statue!!!
Nov 06 2007 03:17 GMT Milibuh
Great tribute !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 06 2007 13:20 GMT william22
The history behind the statue is interesting. Thanks for sharing it with everyone.
Nov 06 2007 13:27 GMT Poulet PRO
Thanks William. :))
Nov 06 2007 19:58 GMT senna3
A great tribute of the Thai people to their king!
Nov 06 2007 21:59 GMT sayalio
Lovely shot, great comment! Thanks for sharing!