Thai-Styled Houses of Chulalongkorn University
Chulalongkorn University had a Thai-styled house complex built with the intention of creating a traditional Thai atmosphere on the University campus as well as building a permanent structure to commemorate three important occasions—the 5th cycle birthday of His Majesty the King, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the University in 1987 and the celebration of the Silver Jubilee of His Majesty the King in the following year. On March 26th, 1988, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn attended the ceremony establishing the main post of the houses and the Buddhist chanting at the house warming ceremony. She also played the music as a blessing for the houses.
The Thai-styled house complex was designed by Associate Professor Pinyo Suvannakhiri, a National Artist in Thai Architecture. It consists of five beautiful, Thai-styled houses where activities for the conservation and dissemination of Thai art and culture are regularly organized for students and the general public. One particular activity is the Chula Vathit, a Thai music and dance show, which was first performed in 1988 allowing students and personnel to enjoy traditional Thai art and publicizing it according to the University’s mission.