‘Art reflects politics.’ Take a look at Khana Ratsadon’s concept of ‘equality’ through Lopburi’s architecture
7 Mar 2023
From the demolition of the Constitutional Defence Monument to the change of name of the Lopburi Artillery Centre, many attempts have been made to erase the memory of Khana Ratsadon, who led the 1932 Revolution. Prachatai and Sarunyou Thepsongkraow and Sitthard Srikotr, two history experts from Kasetsart University explore the remaining architectural footprints of Khana Ratsadon in Lopburi and finds an answer as to why Khana Ratsadon during Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram's term considered Lopburi an important city, as well as the reason they chose Art Deco as a representation of their concept of ‘equality’.
7 Oct 2022
As a young student and researcher who has witnessed political and social change, I am struck by how such changes affect memory. Here, I am specifically interested in the impact of disappearing cultural materials linked to the Thai democratic revolution of 1932. These include the People’s Party Plaque, the Constitution Protection Monument Guard, and a number of other public memory sites. Some have survived but in a modified form.
5 Jul 2022
A bridge near the Khiakkai parliament complex was found over the weekend to have been renamed after a leader of the 1933 pro-monarchy Boworadet Rebellion.
29 Jun 2022
On Friday (24 June), Thais gathered to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 24 June 1932 Siamese Revolution, which marked the change from an absolute monarchy to a democracy whereby the King is bound by the Constitution and which is claimed to be the beginning of the path to democracy in Thailand.
2 Aug 2021
The approximately 4-metre-tall concrete monument located near the Lak Si roundabout disappeared without trace on 28 Dec 2018, even though it was situated in front of Bangkhen Police Station. However, no one has been able to answer – how did the monument disappear even when 5 months earlier it had been registered as a National Historic Site in the Royal Gazette?
18 Feb 2019
On 27 January 2019, a panel discussion was held at Wat Phra Sri Maha Dhatu, Bang Khen. The panellists were Asst Prof Dr Saran Samantarat from the Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University, and Kanit Viseshasinha, a student at the Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University.
16 Jul 2018
On 24 June 1932 at Thammasat University, Tha Prachan, the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights (TANC) and the 24 June Democracy Group held a conference on “86 years since 1932: Branches and Fruit of Siam’s Great Revolution” The conference had Assoc. Prof. Chaiyan Rajchagool, Faculty of Law, Chiang Mai University; Assoc. Prof. Anusorn Unno, Dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University; Rawee Siri-issaranant (Wad Rawee), writer and owner of the Shine Publishing House; Assoc. Prof.
26 Jun 2017
Last Saturday marked the 85th anniversary of Thailand’s 1932 Democratic Revolution. Academics, politicians and activists enthusiastically commemorated the historical event. Meanwhile the authorities worked hard to clamp down on ‘sensitive issues’.