History & Heritage

DTCC Delegation at Franco-Siamese War Remembrance Day

The Royal Thai navy invited a delegation from the Danish-Thai Chamber of Commerce for a two day ceremony, from 13 July 2012, commemorating the incident at Pak Nam with the French colonial power in 1893. The event was held in cooperation with the civil authorities in Samut Prakan province.As part of the delegation was Fireexpress General Manager Poul Skov-Petersen,…

Fort Denmark

Denmark’s embassy in Thailand has over the last ten years been marred by the construction of several ugly anti-terror protection measures. I suggest we tear down these useless arrangements and open the Embassy compound for picnics! Ten years ago, visiting the Danish Embassy was a pleasant experience. Entering from Soi Attakarnprasit there was an unobstructed…

Carl Bock: A Scientist among Ghosts and White Elephants

In June 1881 the Norwegian explorer and scientist Carl Bock sailed up Chao Phraya River on board the steamship ‘Kongsee’ from Singapore. The ship passed the newly constructed and impressive Samut Chedi in Paknam, Samut Phrakan. The Chedi is sitting on the western bank of the river, a few kilometres north of Chulachomklao fortress. Bock writes: “I…

Walter Christmas – The Fox in the Hen House

Danish Naval Officer Walter Christmas’ sharp eye recorded a very candid picture of Bangkok in the early 1890’s. The year is 1894 and the place a sleepy Copenhagen inside the ramparts. In the provincial atmosphere of the tiny little country and capital there were not many success stories to write and talk about, but Commodore Andreas Richelieu of The Royal Thai Navy in the faraway, amble rich and exotic Siam…