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Prince of Siam
the Prince of Phichai
Born (1882-09-13)13 September 1882
Grand Palace
Bangkok, Thailand
Died 11 November 1909(1909-11-11) (aged 27)
Bangkok, Thailand
Spouse Princess Vanna Vilaya Kritakara
Issue Princess Banna Benkae Kritakara
Prince Baobenbadhana Benbadhana
House Chakri Dynasty
Father Chulalongkorn
Mother Morakot Benyakul

Benbadhanabongse, the Prince of Phichai (Thai: เพ็ญพัฒนพงศ์; rtgsPhenphatthanaphong; 13 September 1884 – 11 November 1909) was a Prince of Siam, a member of the Siamese Royal Family (later Thailand). He originated the House of Benbadhana (ราชสกุลเพ็ญพัฒน์). He was a son of Chulalongkorn, King Rama V of Siam.


Prince Benbadhanabongse was born on 13 September 1882, in the compound of the Grand Palace, Bangkok. He was the 38th of King Chulalongkorn and The Noble Consort (Chao Chom Manda) Morakot Phenkul, daughter of Lord (Phraya) Mahindrasakdi Dhamrong and Dame (Thanpuying) Hunn Phenkul. He had an elder sister; Princess Chudharatana Rajakumari.

He graduated from the agricultural studies from United Kingdom in 1903, while he was only 19 years old. After graduating, he began working as the secretary officer, Ministry of Education. In 1902, King Chulalongkorn promoted the country's silk-silverware and weaving industry. He hired Dr. Kametaro Toyama from University of Tokyo, for teaching and training Siamese students to do the academic silk and weaving activities in the way of the Japanese culture. He trained the student of taking care of the silk-pillows, which ready for weaving. King Chulalongkorn established the Silk-weaving pillow Station in the sub-district of Sala-Daeng, which let to be in control of the Ministry of Education. Later in 30 September 1903, the ministry included the productive division, the division of animal husbandry, and the silk-weaving pillow station, to created as Department of silk tectnecians. Prince Benbadhanabongse became the first director of the department.

The main responsibility of the Department of silk technecians was on the project of the School of Sericulture, which was establishing in November 1903 at Dusit Palace. In 16 January 1904, there was the another School of Sericulture in Pathum Wan, for the propose of creating a specialist research and training the Thai employees. Later this school developed into the current Kasetsart University.

Prince Benbadhanabongse was given the royal title from his father as Kromma Muen Phichai Mahintharodom, or translated as The Prince of Phichai on 2 October 1904. He was given the rank of Kromma Meun, the fifth level of the Krom ranks.

Prince's life[edit]

Prince Benbadhanabopngse was interested in the Thai music instruments. He was able to play almost every kind of the music instruments. He created the Thai classic music band, called as Prince Ben's band. After he came back from England, he visited Chiang Mai. He met the Chiang Mai princess, Princess Chomchuen of Chiang Mai, daughter of Prince Sambandhavongse Dharmalanka of Chiang Mai and Princess Ghamyon of Lamphun. They began the relationship. Then he request the governor of Chiang Mai, having negotiation with Prince Sambandhavongse about the marriage proposal. But the proposal had been rejected. Prince Sambandhavongse did not allow his daughter to be marry with the Siamese prince. So they did not have a chance to marry. This brought deeply sadness to the prince.

He began composing the song called, Lao Duang Duan for remembrance to his lover. He always performed this song whenever he missed the Princess of Chiang Mai.

Later King Chulalongkorn prepared the marriage between the prince and Princess Vanna Vilaya Kritakara, daughter of Krisdabhinihara, Prince Nares Voraridhi on 30 June 1903. The couple had 2 children;

  • Princess Banna Benkae Kritakara (11 September 1905 – 1 July 1974) later relinquished the royal title, and marriedMom Rajawongse Banluesakdi Kritakara, had a son and 2 daughters
  • Prince Baobenbadhana Benbadhana (9 May 1906 – 10 January 1960) married Mom Luang Bochitra Patamasingha, had 2 sons.

Prince Benbadhanabongse died on 11 November 1909, at the age of only 27.

Royal decorations[edit]


Ancestor of Prince Benbadhanabongse, Krom Meun Pichai Mahintarodom
Prince Benbadhanabongse, the Prince Pijaya Mahindrarodom Father:
Chulalongkorn, King Rama V of Siam
Paternal Grandfather:
Mongkut, King Rama IV of Siam
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Buddha Loetla Nabhalai, King Rama II of Siam
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Queen Sri Suriyendra
Paternal Grandmother:
Queen Debsirindra
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Prince Sirivongse, the Prince Matayabidaksa
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Mom Noi Sirivongs na Ayudhya
Chao Chom Manda Morakot Phenkul
Maternal Grandfather:
Phraya Mahindrasakdi Dhamrong
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Lord (Khun) Chinda Pichitra
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Mon Phenkul
Maternal Grandmother:
Thanpuying Hun Phenkul
Maternal Great-grandfother:
Phraya Nakornindra Ramanya
Maternal Great-grandmother: