Edited by Anna Popper

On the auspicious date of 26 March 2024, His Excellency Mr. Phrommes Bhaholpolbhayuhasena presented his Letters of Credence to H.E. Mr. Tamás Sulyok, President of Hungary, thereby officially assuming the duty and responsibility of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to Hungary.

The diplomatic occasion took place at Sándor Palace in the historic Buda Castle. During the ceremonial exchange, President Sulyok fondly reminisced about his official visit to Thailand in 2020, expressing deep appreciation for the renowned Thai hospitality extended to him during his stay. Their cordial discussions underscored the mutual commitment to deepening bilateral relations and exploring avenues of cooperation, particularly in light of Hungary’s upcoming Presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2024.

Following the formal proceedings, Ambassador Bhaholpolbhayuhasena paid homage to the rich historical heritage and valour of the Hungarian nation by visiting Heroes’ Square, accompanied by diplomats of the Thai Embassy. In a solemn gesture of respect and admiration, he laid a wreath at the Monument of Heroes, honouring the deeds and sacrifices of Hungary’s national heroes throughout history.

Continuing in the spirit of amical mood and cultural exchange, Ambassador Bhaholpolbhayuhasena and Mrs. Vanida Bhaholpolbhayuhasena graciously hosted a vin d’honneur at the Thai Residence symbolizing the enduring bonds of friendship between Thailand and Hungary.

The event brought together a variety of guests, including Ambassadors representing the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries, officials from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, prominent figures from the private sector, members of the vibrant Thai community residing in Budapest and friends of Thailand with its welcoming people, often called as the Land of Smiles.

In a convivial atmosphere, while savouring the special flavours of Thai cuisine, the attendees had friendly conversations, deepening mutual understanding and fostering cooperation between the two nations.

The Head of Mission was also warmly welcomed by the staff of his own embassy, who are looking forward to collaborating closely during his tenure as Ambassador to Hungary.

The origin of Thai-Hungarian friendship and formal ties can be traced back to the conclusion of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation between the Kingdom of Siam (in the reign of King Chulalongkorn) and the Austro-Hungarian Empire (in the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph) on 17 May 1869. The Treaty serves as a foundation for modern diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The diplomatic relations between Hungary and the Kingdom of Thailand were established on 24 October 1973, and the 50th anniversary was celebrated in 2023 with the Thai Festival in Budapest.

Hungarian Concert in Bangkok dedicated to the 155 Years of Friendship between Thailand and Hungary:

To celebrate the enduring relations, cultural exchange and musical excellence between two geographically distant nations, the Thailand Cultural Centre in Bangkok proudly presents “The Hungarian Legends” on 27 April 2024.

This concert – hosted by the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sinvannavari Narratana Rajakanya, in collaboration with the Hungarian Embassy in Thailand – will showcase exquisite pieces by Hungarian composers under the baton of the talented Hungarian conductor, Maestra Andrea Daru, and accompanied by the renowned Hungarian violinist, Emmy Award-winning Maestro Vilmos Oláh, playing on a 17th-century Italian master violin. The musicians are highly regarded friends of Thailand, as they have been professionally supporting its musical scene and vitality for many years.

Source: Embassy of Thailand in Budapest

Photos by Yawitta Rakkamnoed – Embassy of Thailand of Budapest and DPA