About The King of Thailand Birthplace Foundation (KTBF)
The King of Thailand Birthplace Foundation (KTBF) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation established in 1998. Our mission is to preserve Thai history throughout the state of Massachusetts. KTBF places a high value on preserving Thai history and culture. These efforts can be observed throughout more than ten historic sites in Massachusetts, and are appreciated each year by thousands of Thai people who make the pilgrimage to visit these important places.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the only monarch born in the USA, at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The King was born on December 5th, 1927 during the family's second stay in the USA, while Prince Mahidol studied medicine at Harvard University, and Princess Mother studied home economics and nursing at Simmons College under a scholarship from Queen Savang Vadhana. Prince Mahidol was a son of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and Queen Savang Vadhana and was the father of two kings, Rama VIII and Rama IX. Prince Mahidol was the first Thai royal to study in the USA.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) Birthplace Monument was installed in 2003 as a gift to commemorate His Majesty birthplace on the occasion of His Majesty 76th birthday. This contribution by KTBF to the City of Cambridge is in the spirit of Thai /American cultural exchange. Visitors from Thailand express love and respect to His Majesty the King at this historical landmark that gives a sense of connection to Thailand.
Trail of Thai Royalty in Massachusetts honors Thailand’s longest reigning, most beloved monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and his royal family. The trail is 11 historic places where the king's family stayed from 1916 to 1928. Each site received individual plaque with historical comments. They are in Gloucester, Cambridge, Brookline and Martha’s Vineyard.
KTBF Cultural Exchange program was initiated in 1999. Students from Thailand came to exchange culture with American students at many schools in Massachusetts. The cultural exchange program continues offering the opportunities to Thai and American students to work together since 1999.
For more information contact KTBF-
The King of Thailand Birthplace Foundation (KTBF)
Cholthanee Koerojna, President
15 Given Drive
Burlington, MA 01803
web site: www.thailink.com/ktbf