History lessons for the Post

History lessons for the Post - August 29, 2002
The Bangkok Post printed this correction on August 27, 2002: Correction: King Naresuan the Great repelled Burmese invaders from the ancient capital of Ayutthaya in the year 1581, not in 1767 as inaccurately reported on page 1 yesterday. The Bangkok Post regrets the error.
Don reports that the correction is wrong as well: What my books tell me is that 1581 was the year in which Bayinnaung, the Burmese emperor, died. Naresuan even went to Burma at that time to pay homage to the new emperor, Nandanaung; Naresuan was at this time acting as a representative for his aged father, King Maha Tammaraja (60 years old), who remained King of Ayutthaya until his death in June 1590. That is when Naresuan became King. The incident that the so-called "Correction" refers to actually took place in January, 1593. King Naresuan engaged a Burmese force at Nong Sa Rai, near Suphan Buri, that had just come through the Three Pagodas Pass. That was the famous incident in which King Naresuan killed the Burmese Crown Prince in an elephantback duel. Now, while still a Prince, Naresuan DID proclaim Ayutthaya's independence from Burma in May 1584, at the Siamese town of Kraeng, while actually on his way to help Burma suppress a rebellion there. The Burmese subsequently made some attempts to resubjugate Ayuthhaya, but their sieges were never successful. They were, though, by no means "repelled" until that 1593 battle.
Incidentally, Thai Armed Forces Day is observed on January 25 each year because of the incident with the Burmese Crown Prince, and special ceremonies are held in Suphan Buri.
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