Rama V Stopped Slavery in Thailand I heard that this man stopped slavery in Thailand and I said, “Wow, cool”
Rama V was a leader in Thailand, they are now on Rama IV as I understand, and I do not.
--------------------------------- Bangkok, a.k.a Krung Thep, Thailand Southeast Asia Wednesday, November 21, 2007 Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- ----------------------------------
I never will forget Mike saying to me that he wanted to go to Europe because they have history. I said, Mike all countries have history, you just happen to know more of European History.
Slavery, class systems, tribes, Kings, Queens, Clerics, Monks and all the religious classifications. Equality is still a leap, jump and hop away from reality. However, this King or Rama stopped slavery in Thailand, and that is good thing. Rama V http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rama_V
This is a photos of a photo and he is probably young here, I often wonder how a person can be so loved. This photo is hanging in the entrance area of my Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.
This is on the 100 Baht paper money, it has a value of about 3 US dollars and growing... hehehe
Quote from Wiki
King Chulalongkorn the Great or Rama V (royal name: Phra Chula Chomklao Chaoyuhua ... (September 20, 1853 – October 23, 1910) was the fifth king of the Chakri dynasty of Thailand. He is regarded as one of the greatest kings of Siam. The Thais call him "The Great Beloved King".
Chulalongkorn was born September 20, 1853 in Bangkok as the oldest son of King Mongkut (Rama IV) and Queen Debsirinda. His father gave him a broad education, including instruction from European tutors such as Anna Leonowens.
Chulalongkorn succeeded his father on October 1, 1868, but the chief minister Chao Praya Si Suriyawongse served as regent for four years, as Chulalongkorn was still too young to rule. During this time he traveled to neighbouring western colonies including Singapore, Java and India, to study western politics, administration, lifestyle and colonialism. Later during his reign he also visited Europe twice, in 1897 and 1907, which makes him the first Thai king to visit Europe.
On November 16, 1873, he was crowned for the second time. During his travels he had learned about many reforms needed to modernize his country. With the help of the Belgian Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns he managed to keep his country independent even though both France and Britain were colonizing most of Southeast Asia and the former constantly aggressive towards and antagonistic in its relations to Siam. He did, however, have to cede some territory to these two powers, notably claims on parts of what are now Laos, Cambodia and some northern parts of Malaysia.
Chulalongkorn (Above left) with contemporary monarchsKing Chulalongkorn modernized the government by introducing a cabinet system, and the semi-feudal provincial administration was changed into a modern administration with provinces (changwat) and districts (amphoe) as it still is today. He declared amnesty for all political prisoners, and also gradually abolished slavery.
I would love to go into a long opinion on this and that, however freedom of speech is not for all countries. Rama V Stopped Slavery in Thailand