ABOUT RAJABHAKTI PARK – HUA HIN’S MONUMENT TO SEVEN GREAT THAILAND KINGS

Rajabhakti Park with the towering statues of seven Great Kings of Thailand, was officially opened by the then Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, now HM King Rama X, accompanied by his daughter Princess Bajarakityabha, at the opening ceremony on 26 September 2015.

ABOUT RAJABHAKTI PARK – HUA HIN’S MONUMENT TO SEVEN GREAT THAILAND KINGS

The Park is one of Hua Hin’s most significant attractions; a place to pay respect to Thai royalty.  As a ‘must see’ attraction for visitors, the Park recognises the proud history and royal connections to the region.   

Rajabhakti Park was built by the Army with the then Crown Prince as Chairman and Advisor. The project was launched as a Royal Thai Army initiative by General Udomdej Sitabutr when he was the army chief prior to his retirement at the end of September 2015. The Rajabhakti Park Foundation was established to raise funds for the project and to manage it.

To the west are mountains and to the east is the sea. The name Rajabhakti Park was given by HM King Rama IX which means ‘the park that has been built with people’s loyalty to the monarchs’.  The name is sometimes spelt Rajaphakti and should be pronounced as Rajabkakt, that is with a silent final letter ‘í ‘.

ABOUT RAJABHAKTI PARK – HUA HIN’S MONUMENT TO SEVEN GREAT THAILAND KINGS

The park occupies an area of 222 Rai or 355,200 square metres.  The large plaza of 91 rai (145,600 square metres) overlooked by the statues, is used by the Royal Thai Armed Forces for parades, ceremonies welcoming foreign dignitaries and other special events.  Community events may include participants in traditional dress, with displays of Thai culture including dancing and Thai classical music.  The most recent event commemorated the birth of King Rama IX on Father’s Day 5th December.   

ABOUT RAJABHAKTI PARK – HUA HIN’S MONUMENT TO SEVEN GREAT THAILAND KINGS

The park’s peripheral area of 126 rai (201,600 square metres) consists of the surrounding landscape and support facilities displaying information about each of the Great Kings.

The statues were designed by craftsmen from Thailand’s Fine Arts Department.  Each statue is made of bronze, with an average height of 13.9 metres.

Casting of the statues and construction of the multi-purpose plaza took 10 months, from November 2014 to August 2015. There are plans to add statues of two additional kings in the future.  The base of the statues is 134 m long, 43 m wide, and 8 m high.

ABOUT RAJABHAKTI PARK – HUA HIN’S MONUMENT TO SEVEN GREAT THAILAND KINGS

The seven Great Kings are: 

King Ram Khamhaeng (reigned 1279-1298) of the Sukhothai period

King Naresuan (1590-1605) of the Ayutthaya period

King Narai (1656-1688) of the Ayutthaya period

King Taksin (1767-1782) of the Thonburi period

King Rama I (1782-1809 of the Rattanakosin period.

King Mongkut (1851-1868) of the Rattanakosin period.

King Chulalongkorn (1868-1910) of the Rattanakosin period.

An interesting aspect of the statues is that the eyes of the seven kings converge to a single point in front.  All stand and depict their formidable strength which protected the country.

ABOUT RAJABHAKTI PARK – HUA HIN’S MONUMENT TO SEVEN GREAT THAILAND KINGS

WHERE: The park entry is clearly visible off Phetchakasim road (Route 4), the main regional north-south highway, around nine kilometres south of central Hua Hin.

ABOUT RAJABHAKTI PARK – HUA HIN’S MONUMENT TO SEVEN GREAT THAILAND KINGS