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Statue of King Chulalongkorn

After King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn, 1868-1910) ascended the throne, he realized that Thailand was at risk from falling prey to European nations hunting for colonies at that time because neighbouring countries like Vietnam and Cambodia were all colonized. He, then commanded to restore existing forts and to build a brand new one at the estuary of the Chao Phraya River.

The new fort construction began in 1884 and was completed in 1893. King Rama V bestowed his name to the fort as Phra Chulachomklao Fort . Chulachomklao is the official title that the Thai’s call King Rama V.

Phra Chulachomklao Fort features seven cannons which were once state of the art products. Normally, the cannons are hidden in their holes. They are hauled up by the hydro-pneumatics system at the moment of aiming and were lowered to their base after the shot. That is why they are called Disappearing Carriage or Disappearing Guns in English and  Puen Sua Mop in Thai, meaning crouching tiger guns.

The cannons were officially  fired for the first time in the Rattanakosin Era Year 112 Incident to protect Thailand's sovereignty from the French invasion. The event occurred at dusk on 13 July 1893, barely one month after the Chulachomklao Fort was completed. During the engagement, the Disappearing Guns joined six Royal Thai Navy ships in bombarding the French ships Inconstant  and Comete  that were attempting to sail up the Chao Phraya River to join the Gun ship  Lutin  that was already moored in Bangkok.

• Opening hours: daily 08:00-18:00 hrs.

• Admission: free

• If you need a guide, a request must be made to the fort in advance.

• For more information, please contact the fort, Tel: +66 (0) 2475 6109 or + 66 (0) 2475 6259.

Chulachomklao Fort , The Disappearing gun, HTMS Mae Klong

Samut Prakan page 26 Chulachomklao Fort , Samut Prakan, Samut Prakan page 28 Chulachomklao Fort Pictures
Samut Prakan page 27  HTMS Mae Klong
Samut Prakan page 27  HTMS Mae Klong
Samut Prakan page 27  HTMS Mae Klong