Chulalongkorn Day

Thailand Observed in Thailand

King Chulalongkorn

When is Chulalongkorn Day?

How long until Chulalongkorn Day (observed)?
This holiday is today!
Dates of Chulalongkorn Day
Year Weekday Date
2017 Monday October 23rd
2016 Monday October 24th
2015 Friday October 23rd
2014 Thursday October 23rd
2013 Wednesday October 23rd
1 Day
Local Name
Wan Piyamaharaj Day
Commemorates one of Thailands most revered kings, King Chulalongkorn

National Holiday in Thailand held annually on 23 October.

If 23 October falls on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

History of Chulalongkorn Day

The day commemorates King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) who passed away on 23 October 1910.

He was the fifth monarch of Siam from the House of Chakri and is considered one of the greatest kings of Siam (now Thailand).

He is remembered as the king who introduced many social and political reforms that helped to modernise Siam including the abolishment of slavery.

He succeeded to the throne in 1868 when he was 15 years old and was crowned king in 1873. He ruled until his death in 1910. He was known to the Siamese people as Phra Phuttha Chao Luang.

In his youth, Rama V was taught English and western customs by Anna Leonowens. Her memoirs of her time in the Siam royal court was retold in the book, 'Anna and the King of Siam' by Margaret Landon. The book was the basis for the popular Broadway musical and film, The King and I.

How is Chulalongkorn Day observed?

Government offices and banks (except those in shopping malls) will be closed.

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