Beginning from the period in King Mongkut reigned, we start to see a shift not only within the lives of Siamese people but also within the lives of Siamese monarchs and their families. Interest in and interaction with Western customs and beliefs contributed towards a personalization of Kingship in Siam. Kings and their families began traveling for the purpose of relaxation and wellness, and palaces were constructed outside the capital of Bangkok, such as Khao Wang (Phra Nakhon Khiri) in Phetchaburi.

During the reign of King Chulalongkorn, this shift became more evident as the King traveled outside of Bangkok with his family, often traveling ‘incognito’ in order to be closer to and to be amongst the people. The mood was light and whimsical, and most importantly: personal and warm.

We are taking a journey rooted in the present, traveling in parallel with King Chulalongkorn as he and his family enjoy the sun and salty air of Si Chung Island, and as they travel to Kamphaeng Phet wherein they explore historic sites and perform theatrical productions amongst one another. Towards the end of this journey, there is a shift in mood to one of melancholy. King Chulalongkorn suffers the loss of many of his children including H.R.H. Prince Urubhongse Rajasombhoj and H.R.H Princess Srivilailaksana, Princess of Suphan. This is reflective of change and movement, and is thus a sign of disruption.

Part A