Posted by: rbbadger | January 9, 2009

Rama V was here

This elephant statue, located on the grounds of the Old Parliament House, Singapore, commemorates the visit of H.M. King Chulalongkorn, sometimes known as Rama V of Thailand back in the 19th century.  Rama V was one of Thailand’s greatest kings and is portrayed in the famous musical The King and I.  He was taught as a child by Anna Leonowens, the English teacher protrayed in the musical. 

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Speaking of Thailand, not far from all the glistening malls that line Orchard Road, we see this somewhat run down-looking building that serves as Thailand’s Royal Embassy.  The Thai government has been offered exorbitant sums of money to sell it and establish a new embassy somewhere else, but so far they are staying.

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