Western Acculturation and the Transformation of Culinary Culture in the Court of King Rama V

Ladapha Pullphothong




This study aims to examine the background of Western culture adoption which assimilated and impacted on the transformation of the consuming custom and culinary culture among the Siamese elites in the reign of King Chulalongkorn.


The king and the royal leaders in that era, who centralized and initiated the transformation of the country, deeply understood Thai culture, as well as recognized the beneficial parts of Western culture by intelligently selecting the best and most suitable to blend Western culture with the old form of Thai tradition. The process of transforming the old tradition of Thai culinary culture to Western tradition did not altered the significant of authentic Thai. This allowed Thailand to be harmoniously transformed to be similar to a modernized country.


(Published in Rian Thai: International Journal of Thai Studies, Volume 7/2014, Page 89-104)


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