Rememberance of Somdet Phrachao Taksin Maharaj

>> Sunday, December 27, 2009

First of all, don't be confused with the name Thaksin, the formerly cheating prime minister who now escape all law cases to Cambodia. Hate this cheating guy, you know.

Currently we are in Chakri dynasty with King Rama 9. King Taksin is the earlier King before Rama 1. To know story in full with Wikipedia, go below.

Taksin or in full is Somdet Phrachao Taksin Maharaj;or Somdet Phra Chao Krung Thonburi; (April 17, 1734 – April 7, 1782) was the only King of the Thonburi Kingdom.

He is greatly revered by the Thai people for his leadership in liberating Siam from Burmese occupation after the Second Fall of Ayutthaya in 1767, and the subsequent unification of Siam after it fell under various warlords. He established the city Thonburi as the new capital, as the city Ayutthaya has been almost completely destroyed by the invaders. His reign was characterized by numerous wars, fought to repel new Burmese invasions and to subjugate the northern Thai kingdom of Lanna, the Laotian principalities, and a threatening Cambodia.

He was succeeded by the Chakri dynasty and the Rattanakosin Kingdom under his long time friend King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (King Rama 1). In recognition for what he did for the Thais, he was later awarded the title of Maharaj (The Great).

There are so many events/functions along the street, I'll post more photo later.


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