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The throne room of the Royal Palace, Bangkok.<br />
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Stunning 125 year-old pictures of Thailand which showcase the tropical paradise long before it became a tourist hot-spot have emerged.<br />
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The collection of photographs from the early 1890s include images of the King's birthday celebrations in 1892, the King's palace and the Bangkok architecture.<br />
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Also included in the collection are photographs of Hong Kong under British crown rule in 1895 including of British seamen, the Hong Kong cricket team and the native army.<br />
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The photo album will go under the hammer on January 25 and is tipped to sell for £1,500.<br />
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The owner of the album is believed to have been a member of the Royal Engineers or connected with them.<br />
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The fascinating photos provide a snapshot of Thailand under the rule of King Chulalongkorn.<br />
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He was the first Siamese king to have a full western education, having been taught by British governess Anna Leonowens whose memoirs were transported to the silver screen in the famous film The King and I.