Chakri Day on 6th April commemorates the origins of the Chakri dynasty, founded by Rama I, who established Bangkok as the nation’s capital. HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the ninth monarch of the Chakri dynasty History of the holiday Officially known as ‘King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day’, Chakri Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke ( Rama I) in 1782. One of King Rama’s first acts was to make Krung Thep (modern day Bangkok) the capital of Siam. Chakri day commemorates the coronation of Rama I but it is also a day for the people of Thailand to recognise the contributions of all the kings in the dynasty.
The current and ninth King (Rama IX) of the dynasty is King Bhumibol Adulyadej who is the longest reigning monarch in the world. How is it celebrated? The King, accompanied by other members of the royal household, presides over the religious ceremonies held at the royal chapel. He will pay respects to his predecessors at the Royal Pantheon, which contains life-size statues of the first eight kings of the Chakri dynasty, and will lay a wreath at the statue of King Rama I at the Memorial Bridge. Government offices, schools, and banks close, but most other businesses open as usual on this day.