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Phra Paramandar Maha Chulalongkorn (Rama V; Phrachunlachomklao)

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Born: 1853 AD
Died: 1910 AD, at 57 years of age.

Nationality: Thai
Categories: King

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1853 - Born on September 20th in Bangkok, Siam (Thailand). Rama V, king of Siam, avoided colonial domination and embarked upon far-reaching reforms.

1868 - He was only 15 years old when his father died in October, and he succeeded to the throne under the regency of Somdet Chao Phraya Si Suriyawong.

1871-1872 - He was prepared to assume his duties by observing court business and by travels to British Malaya and the Dutch East Indies and to Malaya, Burma (Myanmar), and India.

1873 - The young king enacted a series of ambitious reforms, beginning with the abolition of slavery, the improvement of judicial and financial institutions, and the institution of appointed legislative councils.

1875 - His commitment to reforms patterned on Western models, which he considered vital to Siam's survival, antagonized conservative factions at court and precipitated a political crisis.

1883 - He introduced telegraph to Siam

1897-1907 - Chulalongkorn even-handedly balanced the colonial powers against one another and consistently sought to have Siam treated as an equal among nations.

         - During tours of Europe, he was received as an equal by Western monarchs.

1910 - Died on October 10th in Bangkok.

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