Siam Street Found in France
King Narai, the 27th monarch of Ayutthaya Kingdom, appointed a diplomat named Kosa Pan to bring a proposal of an eternal alliance to France. Pan set out in December 1685 in a French ship.
Historical note says Kosa Pan and his company arrived Brest, Finistere of Bretagne in northwest of France on June 18, 1686. They were welcomed by a large crowd of French people including government officers. People were crowded from the port to the city. Kosa Pan and company passed Saint-Pierre Street from port to the city of Brest before meeting Louis XIV at Versailles on June 29, 1686.
French people highly admired the ambassadors, which resulted in a closer relationship between the two countries. The news had spread throughout Europe. The residents thus renamed the street to Rue de Siam, meaning “Siam Street” to honor the ambassador visit. The new name was officially adopted on July 15, 1811 or 125 years afterwards.
Nowadays, the mentioned street still host Kosa Pan and company’s original accommodation. Various stalls in the street have made it one of Thai people’s favorite destinations. Thai people usually take picture with the RUE DE SIAM sign in the street.
Take some time to wander around the city of Brest. Explore cargo ships docking at this historic port city before setting out to Paris. See the embellishment of the waterfront ancient castle nearby Penfeld River, which hosts National Naval Museum where many art pieces are kept.
Get relaxed in an accommodation of your choice, ranging from luxury hotels to affordable guesthouses. Otherwise, spend your night in a resort to enjoy a beautiful sea view.
Try eating crepes with a wide-range of menu, snacks, desserts or main dishes in one of various restaurants along the street.
Brest is a world-class traveling city. Having Rue de Siam in the city is Thailand’s pride and honor. On February 15, 2013, Bangkok had a street named Rue de Brest. The street is at Soi Chareonkrung 36 at Bangrak District, which locates French Embassy. The street is an evidence of the bonding relationship between Thailand and France.
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