Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Why Travel Tuesday: King Mengrai Monument

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features a monument dedicated to the most prominent historical figure of northern Thailand: King Mengrai.)

King Mengrai Monument, Chiang Rai, Thailand

My English professor once said that the purpose of education is for us to fully appreciate the world we are looking at. I have come to learn that said purpose applies to travel. King Mengrai was the great king of the Lanna Kingdom. The Lanna Kingdom became as prosperous as it was and dominated much of northern Thailand and the surrounding regions which now belong to Burma, Laos, and China owing to conquests by King Mengrai himself. His first capital is Chiang Rai, a city in the northernmost province of Thailand, province and city both named after him. This is the reason for which a lavish, well-maintained monument dedicated to this great king stands in Chiang Rai city center. This is the reason for which the Lanna Thais revere him highly and still pay him their respects even after almost 700 years since his death. Thus explains the photo. History is awesome, y'all!

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