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HM donates royal title deeds

BANGKOK: His Majesty the King will today (Nov 22) give royal land title deeds worth ’10 billion baht’ to four educational institutes in a handover ceremony.

By Bangkok Post

Sunday 22 November 2020, 10:30AM

Their Majesties the King and Queen are greeted by well-wishers on Saturday after the monarch presided over the opening ceremony of Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya Kwaeng Court in Ayutthaya. An elephant from the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal was also present to welcome them. Photo: Royal Household Bureau

Their Majesties the King and Queen are greeted by well-wishers on Saturday after the monarch presided over the opening ceremony of Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya Kwaeng Court in Ayutthaya. An elephant from the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal was also present to welcome them. Photo: Royal Household Bureau

Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Minister Anek Laothamatas told the Bangkok Post on Saturday (Nov 21) that ownership of royal title deeds covering more than 100 rai of land along Ratchawithi Road in Dusit district would be handed over to two universities and two schools already located on the land reports Bangkok Post.

Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University will receive title deeds covering more than 60 rai, while Suan Dusit University will be granted more than 37 rai, Mr Anek said, adding that the value of the land was estimated at about 10 billion baht.

He and the presidents of the universities will have an audience with Their Majesties the King and Queen at Ambara Villa in Dusit Palace where the handover ceremony will be held. The other two schools -- Rachawinit School (elementary school), and Rajavinit Mathayom School (secondary school) -- will also receive the deeds, Mr Anek said.

His Majesty the King’s handover of the deeds was a great boon to the country’s education, he said. The land where the universities are located originally belonged to the King and the land is part of Dusit Palace, which is a complex of royal residences.

After the 1932 revolution that saw a change from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy, some of the land was used for educational purposes, with the universities built on the land, Mr Anek said.

Apart from the handover of the deeds, the royally-owned land where Dusit Zoo, the country’s first public zoo, was once located will be used for the construction of a public hospital.

The zoo was closed on Sept 30, 2018, and is being relocated to a new 300-rai home in Khlong 6, Pathum Thani’s Thanyaburi district.

On Oct 4, 2018, the Royal Turf Club of Thailand (RTCT) returned its 102-year-old Nang Loeng racecourse in Dusit district to the Crown Property Bureau (CPB). Mr Anek said that a plan was in place to transform the racecourse into a public park in commemoration of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great.


’’The land where the universities are located is estimated at 100 million baht per rai. There is almost 100 rai, worth about 10 billion baht,’’ Mr Anek said.

He said the land dated back to King Rama I who had the Grand Palace built. The royal residence complex later expanded to areas including Ambara Villa, Chitralada Palace as well as the locations of the Dusit Zoo and the racecourse.

Sirote Phonphanthin, president of Suan Dusit University, told the Bangkok Post the land where the university is located belongs to the Crown Property Bureau. The land was originally owned by King Rama V.

He said the university was grateful that His Majesty attached so much importance to education.

He said the Royal Household Bureau previously told the university that His Majesty did not intend to reclaim the land from the university but would give it to the university instead. Mr Sirote said the university was established 86 years ago and has 8,000 students and 2,000 lecturers and staff.

Supornrat Sattathanachaiphat, director of Rachawinit School, said the handover of the title deeds was great news.

The school, which has 2,400 students, was established in 1966 at the instruction of King Rama IX to provide education to the children of palace officials, she said.

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DeKaaskopp | 25 November 2020 - 15:40:32

@Jor12   I thought I made it clear enough to you in my former post, that I'm not willing to comment openly on this "Monarchy" subject !
So don't bore me any longer ! Instead you can go out to the streets in Bangkok and throw some paint bombs if that makes you feel better !

Jor12 | 25 November 2020 - 09:12:21

I ask you the question as you pilloried a commentator who gave a viable explanation which you consider as being unbelieveable.
It is we now, who are asking "What is it you don't understand  about it?" Don't you take any notice of current protests (ask Thais) and what they are about?

DeKaaskopp | 24 November 2020 - 17:26:36

@Jor12   I am not a Thai citizen and I live here on a year by year visa ! Therefore I don't feel entitled to openly explain anything regarding this matter to you. You should ask Thai's for an answer to your question. And if the majority of Thai's are willing for changes, so be it then.

Jor12 | 24 November 2020 - 16:10:24

Maybe I am, therefore of what consequence would that be to you?  Best explain why there should be a continued gaping disparity and why should a German tourist be funded by taxpayers? 

DeKaaskopp | 24 November 2020 - 09:33:09

"Who says I am not Thai?" If you are then probably one of those who cant feed themselves properly.
@ Sbird   100 Baht ! To be used for a bouquet of flowers for the outgoing President DT.

Jor12 | 24 November 2020 - 07:43:13

Who says I am not Thai? Obviously you don't get about much to see the disparity within this society and compare that to the German tourist.  Yeah, that's probably debatable to the wealthy. 

Tbird | 24 November 2020 - 01:02:40

The German's sense of entitlement is actually all America's fault- for paying for his national security for the last 75 years...I wonder what THAT totals out to in Baht!

Capricornball | 23 November 2020 - 21:10:00

@DeK, Jor is simply pointing out the ongoing and continued injustice buy having a certain person giving ordinary people land that is theirs in the first place, and making it seem like some benevolent gift. All warm and fuzzy dealings with little benefit to the people, unless you consider new schools that teach the same old crap a benefit.

DeKaaskopp | 23 November 2020 - 15:35:46

@Jor12 To say that most people in Thailand cannot feed themselves properly is complete nonsense ! Thailand is not the Sahel zone ! Apart from that is the luxury life of a certain person debatable, but it should concern Thai's more than you.

Jor12 | 23 November 2020 - 11:44:40

My reading of nasa's comments is not the gift, but the contributions made by hard working ordinary people, in order that the German tourist can live a life of luxury and fly where ever he wants on a supplied plane while most cannot even feed themselves properly.

Kurt | 23 November 2020 - 09:45:18

@Dek, what do you share with us?  What is the importance/big deal 'donating' land' on which are schools/universities are established long time? Can do nothing with that land. The value is just book keeping value. Just the usual  local 'land fascination thinking'. Same as foreigners can not own land below/around their house. Afraid that foreigners take the sand back to home coun...

DeKaaskopp | 22 November 2020 - 19:19:15

@Nasa12   What an unbelievable BS ! It's a gift ! Clearly written in the article ! There is nothing in return for it ! What is it you don't understand  about it ?

Nasa12 | 22 November 2020 - 16:16:53

@Showe, Well well now it is the case that the Thai people pay this family about 1 Bath each, every single day.  So then you can work out what that family gets from their people.

Kurt | 22 November 2020 - 13:26:25

This land 'hand-over is just a 'paper administrative' thing. Nice for publicity, but it's impact is zero. Nothing to do with improvement of students education. It only gives room for quiet land title games for those who hold the land deeds.

Shwe | 22 November 2020 - 11:55:12

Would have been better is 10B baht had been donated to help those made jobless by the pandemic


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