The Royal Activities of King Rama VI,King Vajiravudh,Thailand

King Vajiravudh or King Rama VI, reigned from 23 October 1910 – 25 November 1925, was the first Thai monarch to be educated abroad. He spent nine years in England. He also visited other countries in Europe, America and Asia to learn new things and apply them to the development of the country. Those visits also
gave him the opportunity of strengthening ties with members of royal families and
important people in foreign countries and especially with the Super Powers. This also made his name and that of the country known on the international scene, resulting in his being accepted by the world community.

When Thailand joined the Allies in World War I, it enabled the nation to share equal rights and privileges with other countries, enabling it to make amendments to agreements and treaties signed with foreign countries, starting with the Bowring Treaty with
Great Britain. For this reason, Thailand regained its extraterritorial authority and became free to exercise its import taxation policy and earn income for thecountry.
King Vajiravudh had a policy of creating unity in the country, instilling in the public loyalty to the institutions of the nation, religion and monarchy. His promotion of patriotism in his people is illustrated by his royal compositions and speeches on different
occasions, which were replete with stories about the love of country, warnings, lessons on appropriate behaviour, civic duty and how it was important to maintain the country’s independence to raise its status to the same level as civilized countries.
dam in Thailand was constructed across the Pa Sak River in the Sub-district of Tha Luang, Tha Rua District in the Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya Monthon. After his reign, the dam was named Rama VI Dam. The Samsen waterwork was established to provide clean water to places in Bangkok. Hualumpong Railway Station was built as the centre of communication by railway
and connected Bangkok with the provinces. A railway bridge was built across the Chao Phraya River. It was later named, by King Rama VII, Rama VI Bridge in honour of his elder brother.
As King Rama VI was an avid reader, his interest in reading having started in his early
years, he wrote a number of works during his reign. His royal compositions consisted of prose in the form of essays, plays, documentary articles and tales as well as various kinds of traditional verse – klong, chant, karp and klon. He used both his name and pseudonyms in his compositions.
Spending nine years abroad, the King had been knowledgeable in several languages –
Thai, English, French and Pali. Some of his writings, in spite of their aim in entertaining, would be inserted with his initiatives, his personal opinion and wishes concerning politics, administration and social issues. The purpose of his literary works was didactic and for disseminating knowledge to the general public. For this reason, his people named him Phra Maha Dhiraraj, meaning the Great Scholar King.

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