The history of Rattanakosin dates back to the year 1782, when King Rama I established Bangkok as the new capital of Thailand. The King held a ceremony to install the “city pillar” on 21st April 1782. Every year at this time, celebrations are held to commemorate the modern birth of Bangkok. This includes cultural performances, a food fair, folk games, kite flying and a grand procession. The pictures on this page are from the 233rd celebration in 2015.