Chulalongkorn Memorial Day, one of the most significant holidays in Thailand, is celebrated on the 23rd of October yearly to pay tribute to King Chulalongkorn.
King Chulalongkorn is the great-grandfather to the current king of Thailand, King Vajiralongkorn.
Chulalongkorn Memorial Day 2019 Dates, Thailand Public Holiday
The statue was erected after a public funding drive by the locals to express their gratitude to King Chulalongkorn following his remarkable reign. The statue was presented to King Chulalongkorn by King Rama VI.
The idea of the statue was inspired by the statue of Louis VIX in France. The statue is significant because, in addition to being the first monument erected in honour of a king from Thailand, the statue is also a key reminder of the victorious reign of King Chulalongkorn.
To allow as many Thai nationals as possible to commemorate Chulalongkorn Memorial Day, celebrations are held across the country. While the main celebrations are held at Bangkok’s Royal Plaza, smaller celebrations, by comparison, are held across Thailand with the presenting of flowers at all statues of King Chulalongkorn in the country.
For visitors spending time in Thailand, government institutions remain closed on this public holiday but many business enterprises remain operational as usual.