May 28, 2016

2579 THAILAND (Prachuap Khiri Khan) - Hua Hin Railway Station


Hua Hin Railway Station is one of the most important stations on the Southern Line, the longest railway line in Thailand. The Southern Line third phase between Cha-am Station to Hua Hin was opened in November 1911, and the line continued to Wang Phong Station in January 1914. The original station building was built in 1910, and rebuilt in 1926, by Prince Purachatra Jayakara (former commander of the Royal State Railways of Siam) to the current Victorian building today.

Hua Hin's popularity began to increase in the 1920's, when King Rama VI built Klai Kang Won Palace as a summer retreat. Hua Hin station is one of the most beautiful and one of the oldest in Thailand. The design was taken from the planned Siam Rat Museum Expo, intended to be built in 1925 at Lumphini Park, but was never built due to the death of King Vajiravudh and the cancellation of the expo by King Prajadhipok.

Its main feature is The Royal Waiting Room that used to welcome King and his court when they were visiting the town. Originally, it was situated at Sanamchan Palace in Nakhon Pathom and was known as Plub Pla Sanamchan. Eventually, the room was moved in 1967 to Hua Hin. It is designed in the same style as Maruekkhathayawan Palace and is an attraction not to be missed if you are staying in Hua Hin. On the premises, there is an old 305 Unit Baldwin steam locomotive on display.

About the stamps


The first two stamps forms the series 40th Anniversary of Thailand - DPR Korea Diplomatic Relations Commemorative Stamps, issued on May 8, 2015. Main theme represents "national birds" in paintings which include Siamese Fireback of Thailand (Lophura diardi), one of the most beautiful peacocks that Department of Forestry has nominated as national bird since 1985, and White-Bellied Bird Hawk (Accipiter gentilis), one of falcon species (sleek wings) that is all-season available in northern area of Korea Peninsula.


The last stamp was issued on October 6, 1985, to mark the International Letter Writing Week.

References
Railway Station Hua Hin - Tourism Hua Hin
Hua Hin Railway Station - Wikipedia

Sender:
Sent from ??? (??? / Thailand), on 23.05.2016
Photo: Sukit Tejavanija

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