Historical archives for late King: Public participation

Historical archives for late King: Public participation

His Majesty King Bhumibol watering a small papaya tree. (Source: Facebook)
His Majesty King Bhumibol watering a small papaya tree. (Source: Facebook)

National Archive of Thailand seeks public contributions to build historical archive, especially of events since King's passing.


Historical archives for late King: Public participation sought

Dumrongkiat Mala

The late King as sportsman at seaside with sailboat (Source: Facebook)

A new special archive for the late King His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej is being planned.

Public contributions will be an important part of this new archive.

This is according to Culture Minister Veera Rojpojchanarat.


"At present, we have more than 40,000 photos, 10,000 condolence poems and 200 songs taken or written by National Artists and the public; however we still need to collect more material to complete the archive," Mr Veera said.

He urged the public to provide the National Archive of Thailand (NAT) with any contributions they think might be worthy.

"All photos and video clips have their own archive value and could possibly be selected by the Culture Ministry to be stored in the archives," he said.

His Majesty King Bhumibol with Khun Thong Daeng (at the king's right shoulder) and her nine puppies. (File photo)


Mr Veera said the NAT has only 480 contributors recording events related to the late King since his death, so the public would be most welcome to make their own.

They can send their photos or video clips directly to NAT headquarters in Dusit district.

The late King together with the Queen in their youth (Source: Facebook)

If their material is selected, they will be credited, he said.

NAT archivist Chawan Koopipat asked the public to send original and not doctored (photoshopped) photos for the archives, since the project's aim is to capture and record history accurately for people in the future.

His Majesty the late king with the Queen playing with a cat (Source: Facebook)


The late King Rama IX & the future King Rama X (Source: Facebook)

Extensive online archives are now available to the public of photos of the late King's life.

One source is the Rao Rak Phra Chao Yoo Hua (We love the King) website (see here).

Perhaps the most impressive collection is the Facebook collection of Primrose C. Nichchaya with over a thousand photos in two galleries of rare images of the late King (see here).

The number one Thai web board Pantip.com has a nice collection of links where people can see images of the late King in four categories (see here).

Many of the best photos capture something unique not seen elsewhere like the photo above of the late King watering a small papaya tree as a government official sits nearby smiling.

The late King ordained as a monk (Source: Facebook)


The Culture Ministry plans to save documents, photographs, video clips, condolence poems, maps and plans as well as all sacred rituals relating to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej for the national archives.

The Culture Minister said the archives will be divided into five parts:

1. A biography and royal initiatives of the late King,

2. The late King's ailing health and passing,

3. Religious ceremonies and merit-making for the late King at the Grand Palace,

4. Building and preparation of the royal funeral pyre and..

5. The royal cremation ceremony for the late King.

Encounter of the late King with a baby on the beach (Source: Facebook)

Mr Veera said the ministry has compiled photos, newspaper and video clips from the public, news media and various agencies, who have recorded many moments since the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 13.

Mr Veera said the ministry also plans to organise a special exhibition about Thailand's monarchy, the late King's philosophy on the sufficiency economy and a collection of photographs submitted by the public.

The late King with his daughter Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn behind some flowers (Source: Facebook)


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  • according to (prep): as stated or reported by somebody/something - ตามคำบอกเล่า, ตามรายงาน
  • accurately: correctly, exactly and without any mistakes - ถูกต้อง, แม่นยำ
  • agency (noun): a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ
  • ailing: ill and weak - ป่วย
  • aim: purpose; goal - เป้าหมาย จุดมุ่งหมาย
  • archive: a collection or historical records or documents - ข้อมูลที่ได้มีการบันทึกไว้
  • archivist: a person who works in or manages an archive -
  • at present (adv): now...., currently .... - ในปัจจุบัน
  • biography: the story of a person's life written by somebody else - อัตชีวประวัติ, ประวัติชีวิต
  • capture: to film/record/paint, etc. somebody/something - เก็บภาพ, จับภาพ
  • ceremony (noun): a formal public event - งานพิธี
  • collection (noun): a group of objects, often of the same sort, that have been collected (gathered together over period of time) - สิ่งของที่รวบรวมไว้, การสะสม การเก็บรวบรวม
  • compile: to collect information from different places and arrange it in a book, report or list - รวบรวม
  • condolence (noun): sympathy and sadness for the family or close friends of a person who has recently died, or an expression of this, especially in written form - การแสดงความเสียใจต่อผู้อื่น
  • contribution: something that you do that helps to achieve something or to make it successful - ผลงาน,การช่วยเหลือ
  • contributor (noun): something that helps cause something, that "contributes" towards something happening - ซึ่งช่วยเหลือ, ซึ่งสนับสนุน
  • credit: naming the person who produced something such as a video or film; or who acted in it or played some other role -
  • cremation: the burning of a dead body - การเผาศพ (งานพระราชทานเพลิงพระศพ)
  • culture (noun): the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group - วัฒนธรรม
  • divide (verb): to break or split into two pieces - แบ่ง, See also: แยก, แบ่งแยก, แยกเป็นสองส่วน
  • doctored (adj): (of a photo, document, tape, film, etc.) changed in order to deceive people - ปลอมแปลงเพื่อหลอกลวง
  • document: a paper or set of papers with written or printed information, especially of an official type  - เอกสาร
  • exhibition: a public show where art or other interesting things are put so that people can go and look at them - นิทรรศการ งานแสดง
  • funeral: a ceremony that takes place after someone dies, usually including a religious ceremony - งานศพ
  • Grand Palace (noun): the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) where important ceremonies are held - พระบรมมหาราชวัง
  • headquarters: the place where an organisation or company has its main offices - สำนักงานใหญ่ กองบัญชาการ
  • history (noun): all the events that happened in the past - ประวัติศาสตร์
  • image: a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing - รูปภาพ
  • initiative: a new action or movement, often intended to solve a problem - ความคิดริเริ่ม
  • late: dead - ที่ล่วงลับไปแล้ว
  • majesty (noun): (His/Her Majesty, Your Majesty, Their majesties) a title of respect used when speaking about or to a king or queen - คำยกย่องที่ใช้เรียกพระเจ้าแผ่นดิน
  • map (noun): an image of an area that shows the positions of things such as countries, rivers, cities, and streets - แผนที่
  • material: information or ideas used in books, songs, etc - ข้อมูล, เนื้อหา, ใจความ, สาระ
  • media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
  • merit-making: doing good things according to religious beliefs - การทำบุญ
  • minister: a member of the cabinet, the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - รัฐมนตรี
  • ministry: a government department that has a particular area of responsibility - กระทรวง
  • moment: a very short period of time; a particular time or occasion - ชั่วขณะ, โอกาสสำคัญ
  • monarchy: a type of government in which a country is ruled by a king or queen - การปกครองที่มีพระมหากษัตริย์เป็นประมุข
  • national (adjective): for the whole country - แห่งชาติ, ของชาติ
  • National Artist: a title given to Thai artists and musicians who have done important work to preserve and extend Thai culture and arts - ศิลปินแห่งชาติ
  • original: the first of something - เดิม, แบบฉบับ
  • passing: to die - จากไป (ตาย), เสียชีวิต
  • philosophy: a set of beliefs or an attitude to life that guides somebody's behaviour - ปรัชญา
  • preparation: things that you do to get ready for something or make something ready - การตระเตรียม
  • project: a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something - โครงการ
  • provide: to give someone/ something that they want or need - จัดหาให้, จัดเตรียมไว้ให้
  • pyre: (in Thailand) a temporary wooden structure for use during a cremation ceremony, especially for a member of the royal family; a pile of wood used for burning a dead body during a funeral ceremony - โครงไม้ที่ใช้สร้างพลับพลาพระราชทานเพลิงพระศพ
  • rare: not often seen or found - หาได้ยาก
  • record (verb): to make a written account of something that is kept so that it can be looked at and used in the future - บันทึก, รายงาน
  • record: a written account of something that is kept so that it can be looked at and used in the future - บันทึก, รายงาน
  • related (adj): connected with something/somebody; referring to something/somebody - เชื่อมโยงกับ
  • religious (adj.): relating to religion, or to the beliefs and practices of a particular religion - เกี่ยวกับศาสนา
  • ritual: a formal ceremony - พิธีการ
  • royal: a member of the family of a king and queen - บุคคลในราชวงศ์
  • sacred: considered to be holy - ศักดิ์สิทธิ์
  • selected (adj.): specially chosen - ถูกคัดเลือก
  • source: the place/person/organisation from which you get something - แหล่ง
  • store: to put and keep things in a special place for use in the future - เก็บ
  • submitted (verb): formally given to someone, usually, but not always, so that they can make a decision about it - ยื่น
  • sufficiency economy: an economic principle under which the people of a country are able to meet their own needs by living moderately  and in harmony with the natural environment - เศรษฐกิขแบบพอเพียง
  • the public: people in general - ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน
  • unique: being the only one of its kind - ซึ่งเป็นหนึ่งเดียว
  • uniqueness: not the same as anything or anyone else - ความเป็นหนึ่งเดียว
  • urge: to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
  • video clip (noun): a short piece of video, in YouTube, for example - คลิปวีดีโอ
  • welcome: to be pleased to receive or accept something - รับด้วยความยินดี
  • worthy: deserving; having qualities that cause respect - สมควร, น่ายกย่อง
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