History & Heritage

Book Launch Highlights Danish Role in Siam’s Battle Against France at Paknam

The “Paknam Incidence” on 13th July 1893 was commemorated yesterday at the Chula Chomklao Fort at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River South of Bangkok with the launch of a historical book about the battle “Franco Siamese Crisis 1893”. The book was presented with an impressive range of speakers with historical expertise. Among the…

Captain and Consul Frederik Carl Christian Købke, 1837 – 1881

In ‘The Danish Geographical Journal, Vol. 1 1877’, there is an article about Siam, modern written and without all the usual prejudices of that time. It starts: “When I landed in Bangkok, I immediately went to where all Danes go when they arrive, knowing that they will be well received; namely to our fellow countryman…

Admiral Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu as Entrepreneur

When the Admiral left Siam in 1902 it was onboard the Royal Yacht ‘Maha Chakri’ bound for Singapore, from where he would sail to Europe with one of the regular shipping lines. The direct EAC route Bangkok, Europe, Copenhagen had not yet been established. King Chulalongkorn and many members of the Royal family accompanied him…

Royal Thai Order for Danish Agronomist

The Danish agronomist Gunnar Søndergaard was yesterday elevated to Commander of the Most Admirable Order of Direkgunabhorn, which is the highest possible order for a non-Thai person to receive. Gunnar Søndergaard has already previously received the Order of the White Elephant. The Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn is in Thai language เครื่องราชอิสริยาภรณ์อันเป็นที่สรรเสริญยิ่งดิเรกคุณาภรณ์. Gunnar Søndergaard…

Royal Thai decoration presented to Danish admiral returns home

Longtime Bangkok resident Anders Normann celebrated his recent birthday with a special announcement to his friends. He is now the official “caretaker” of the beautiful and historic Thai-Danish icon, the golden robe of Vice-Admiral Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu. After a century after it was presented by King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, to de Richelieu, titled…