M.R. Kukrit Pramoj's wax figure at Madame Tussauds Bangkok

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M.R. Kukrit Pramoj

“We Thai can lead a life that is genuinely Thai and be quite happy about it. We don’t have to live in Western houses or employ Western methods in our daily lives. If we were to limit ourselves to just being Thai people, I think we would be happier all around”

A man of many talents who lived a long and illustrious life, M.R. Kukrit Pramoj was a banker, soldier, journalist, founder of Siam Rath newspaper, writer, traditional Thai dancer, university professor, actor, radio narrator, TV commentator, politician and the 13th Prime Minister of Thailand

Of his literary achievements, his famous works include Lai Cheewit (Many Lives), Pai Dang (Red Bamboo) and Si Pandin (Four Reigns). He also starred in the 1963 film The Ugly American playing one of the leading roles opposite Marlon Brando

M.R. Kukrit was named a “National Artist” for literature in 1985. On 24th October 2009, he was named a World Historic Important Figure by UNESCO in recognition of his contribution to education, culture, society and media

Born M.R. Kukrit Pramoj on 20th April 1911 in Sing Buri province, Thailand
Died on 9th October 1995 in Bangkok, Thailand

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