The city of Hua Hin is preparing to host a remarkable event to pay tribute to the legacy of His Majesty King Mongkut, also known as Rama IV, and celebrate National Science Week 2023. Acting Governor Adisak Noisuwan, along with several distinguished figures, chaired a press conference to announce the upcoming light and sound show, which aims to commemorate the historical significance of King Mongkut’s contributions to science.
The event, set to take place at the King Rama IV Monument from August 18 to 20, 2023, will be a spectacle featuring a captivating light and sound display. It will be divided into five parts, each highlighting various aspects of King Mongkut’s life and achievements. These segments will delve into the royal history, His Majesty’s duties and wisdom, his pioneering work in the field of science, and the significance of Ban Wakor, where he observed a solar eclipse, marking a significant milestone in Thai history.
Mr. Kitti Fuengfu, Secretary of the Mayor of Hua Hin and an expert on Smart City Hua Hin, and Ms. Jiraporn Pongpaiboon, Smart City Ambassador, Hua Hin City, were among the distinguished personalities attending the press conference. Additionally, Mrs. Wanida Pimubol, Deputy Director of the King Mongkut’s Memorial Park of Science and Technology Waghor (Wor Jor.), and Mrs. Krisana Praesaengchan, Provincial Culture, were also present, along with community leaders, organization groups, and network partners, totaling 450 participants.
During the conference, Acting Governor Adisak Noisuwan shed light on the significance of the upcoming event. He recounted the historical importance of King Mongkut’s visit to Ban Wa Kor, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, to observe the solar eclipse on August 18, 1868. The meticulous planning and calculation two years in advance for this astronomical event demonstrate King Mongkut’s profound scientific acumen.
Furthermore, Acting Governor Adisak Noisuwan highlighted the government’s recognition of King Mongkut’s contributions by proclaiming August 18 as National Science Day in 1982. The recent royal contract, designating King Mongkut as “Phra Siam Thewa Maha Makut Wittaya Maharat,” underscores the importance of preserving and promoting his scientific legacy.
In addition to the light and sound show, Hua Hin will also host National Science Week activities from August 18 to 24. These events include science and technology exhibitions, academic seminars, science camps, and project contests, aiming to cultivate a scientific mindset among students and promote advancements in the field of science.
The community potential development project organized by the municipality of Pu Chao Saming Phrai further emphasizes the importance of science and technology. Participants from various educational institutions and local communities will receive training to enhance community organization management skills, aiming to create strong and sustainable communities.
The upcoming light and sound show, in conjunction with National Science Week, promises to be a remarkable event celebrating the invaluable contributions of King Mongkut to science and education. It also aims to create a unique tourist attraction and learning hub in the region, fostering a scientific spirit among the younger generation and propelling Thailand’s growth as a Smart City and a knowledge-based economy.