Showcasing Thailand through World Expositions

As internationally recognized themed exhibitions, the World Expositions, which began in the wake of the Industrial Revolution, have been excellent venues for participating nations to showcase their technological innovations as well as their cultural heritage.

Thailand's first participation in an international exhibition took place towards the end of King Mongkut's reign. A monarch with a vision for modernization and foreign trade, King Mongkut sent a delegation to take part in the London International Exhibition on Industry and Art in 1862. That decision had profound benefits for the country in the decades that followed, not only in terms of putting Siam on the world map, but also in trade, investment and national security.

Subsequent to that initial involvement, Thailand has been a regular participant in the World Expos, continuing from the period of King Chulalongkorn through the reign of King Vajiravut to the present day.