Somdech Phrachao Boromwongther Chaofah Chudhadhujdharadilok Krom Khun Phetchabune Indharachai (H.R.H. the Prince of Phetchabune)
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Somdech Phrachao Boromwongther Chaofah Chudhadhujdharadilok Krom Khun Phetchabune Indharachai (H.R.H. the Prince of Phetchabune)

H.R.H. the Prince of Phetchabune, a son of King Chulalongkorn and Queen Saowabhabhongsri, was born in the Morakotsuth Royal Residence on the Isle of Sri Chang, Chonburi Province. For this reason, the summer palace on the Isle of Sri Chang was named after the Prince, “Phra Chudhadhuj Rajthan”. At present, the palace is under the care of Chulalongkoprn University.

H.R.H. the Prince of Phetchabune went to Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge, where he studied Arts. He was good at English and French and took classes in Music and Drama. He was proficient on the harp, the piano and the violin.

Graduating in 1916, the Prince could not return to Thailand right away because of the outbreak of World War I. So he decided to take classes in Teaching and English Literature as a way of preparing himself for his civil service at the Ministry of Education. He also wished to be a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University.

After returning home in 1918, the Prince of Phetchabune took office at the Ministry of Education as well as lecturing at Chulalongkorn University. He taught English and Thai in the Faculty of Public Administration for approximately five years. He is thus considered to be the first “Royal Lecturer” at Chulalongkorn University.

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