Papers of Mongkut, King of Siam, 1853-1868.
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King Mongkut, also known as Rama IV (b. 18 October 1804, Bangkok, Siam–d. 1 October 1868, Bangkok, Siam), was the fourth monarch of Siam (Thailand) under the House of Chakri, ruling from 1851 to 1868. Following tradition, he became a Buddhist monk in 1824 and let the priesthood to ascended the throne in 1851. King Mongkut was often seen as pro-British and is known for his involvement in the Bowring Treaty between the United Kingdom and Siam. During his reign, King Mongkut instituted cultural ...