Thai Name: วันปิยมหาราช
Date: 23rd October 2019
Venue: At the Equestrian statue in Bangkok and Nationwide
King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day is observed every year across the country on 23rd October to mark the passing of King Rama V. The day in Thai is referred to as Wan Piyamaharaj (วันปิยมหาราช), using the revered King’s given title of Monarch Beloved by the People. This day is also a public holiday.
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn takes part in a royal merit making ceremony in observance of King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day. His Majesty the King first lays a wreath at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Statue at Dusit Palace. Following this, His Majesty proceeds to Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall to engage in a royal merit making ceremony on the occasion of the anniversary of the passing of King Chulalongkorn.
Similar wreath-laying ceremonies take place across the country wherever there is a statue of King Chulalongkorn. King Chulalongkorn was born on September 20, 1853 and ascended to the throne on October 1, 1868 at the age of 15. His achievements for the Kingdom included abolishing slavery, bringing about educational, juristic, foreign affairs and public utilities development; he became known for his immense care for his subjects.