Vimanmek , (38 images)|
The Chakri dynasty began in 1782 when the capital of Bangkok, or Krung Thep, was set up in a loop of the Chao Phraya River, after the golden capital of Ayutthaya was burned by the Khmer. Absolute monarchs reigned the country until 1932 when a democratic uprising changed the monarchy into a constitutional monarchy. Two of these absolute monarchs in particular had a vital role in planning ahead for their country. King Mongkut (Rama IV) who reigned from 1850-1868 and King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) who reigned from 1868-1910 were the two kings that played the most important roles in Thailand's escape from colonization. Rama IV and Rama V were experts in diplomacy as they strengthened Siam and prevented colonial powers from taking over their country. In doing so they built an infrastructure, modernized the economy and westernized the city, creating Bangkok as it is known today. King Chulalongkorn was inspired from western style and culture and had the Vimanmek residence constructed in 1900. It is a large house made in teak in marvelous beautiful style and design. The interior decorations and furniture are preserved and in very good condition.
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Photo: Knut Skaar - Bangkok