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Prince of Chumphon

Abhakara Kiartivongse, also known as the Prince of Chumphon, was born on March 16, 1880, in Bangkok, Thailand. He was one of 77 sons of King Chulalongkorn, also known as King Rama V, and his mother was one of 92 of the king's mistresses so unlikely ever to become King.

The Prince was educated in England at the king's wishes, where he studied at the Royal Naval College and qualified as a navigator, being that Britain was a great naval power at the time.

There are conflicting accounts about whether Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse served in the British Navy during World War I. Some sources claim that he served as an officer in the Royal Navy, while others suggest that he was sent to Britain to study naval science but did not serve in the military. It is clear, however, that he played a significant role in modernizing the Thai navy upon his return to Thailand, and his contributions are still celebrated in the country today.

Upon his return to Thailand, the Prince became instrumental in the modernization of the Thai Navy. He was appointed as the first director of the Royal Thai Naval Academy and oversaw the establishment of the Naval Radio Station and the Royal Thai Naval Hospital.

The Prince was also an accomplished physician who studied traditional medicine and developed a strong interest in natural medicine.

He was particularly interested in herbal remedies and used his knowledge to treat patients with various ailments.

In addition to his achievements in the military and medical fields, the Prince was a prominent figure in Thai society. He was well-regarded for his philanthropy and dedication to public service. He served as a member of parliament and was actively involved in numerous social and cultural organizations.

The Prince of Chumphon passed away on May 3, 1923, in Chumphon province, Thailand. His legacy has endured, and he is remembered as a national hero who played a crucial role in the modernization of Thailand.


The prince's temple in Chumphon province remains a popular destination for visitors who come to pay their respects to this revered figure in Thai history.

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