History

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Building contains both past and future. We learn from history, and we create a new sustainable future through fruitful partnerships. The people in the valley of Ragunda are innovators that are eager to show our assets to the world. The challenge for Ragunda Municipality and Thailand in togetherness is to communicate the secret of the pavilion, and the magic trail of King Chulalongkorn Rama V.

One hundred years ago King Chulalongkorn Rama V of Siam visited Sweden and the part of what today is known as the municipality of Ragunda. King Chulalongkorn was filled with awareness, he worked very hard to give his country a more modern structure through different reforms. In 1897, he was invited to the Arts and Industrial exhibition in Stockholm by the Swedish King Oscar II, something he embraced and welcomed.

King Oscar II wanted to show the most beautiful parts of Sweden to his guest from far away. The choice fell on Norrland with its light nights and breath taking views, but also because of the sawmill industry. Wood was at the time the primary export product to Thailand. During his trip, King Chulalongkorn visited Bispgården, today a part of the municipality of Ragunda, this was located next to the place where the Pavillion stands today.

The Thai Pavilion that carries the royal spire – is a part of our common historical heritage. This I not only unique, but a very important part of our common Swedish and Thai history. King Chulalongkorn was inspired by the North and the visions that the people created around the Royal Thai Pavillion was many. It became an exceptional building in the fairytale landscape of Ragunda and it became a symbol of a meeting between two cultures, an open door with a free flow of thoughts and ideas. It was rare and still is.

This is the portal of the magic land of the King!