Arjarn Samai Mashamana... PAGE 3
Written by Tony Moore in remembrance to Por Kruh Samai
The history of Buddhai Swan is rather incomplete because all records were destroyed in the great siege of Ayuddhaya in 1767 so most of the facts stated here have been passed down by word of mouth through successive generations. King U-Thong (Rama Thibodi I) founder of the city of Ayuddhaya built the Buddhai Swan Temple in Ayuddhaya in 1350. The Temple belonged to the monks from Lanka and also housed a school for teaching Thai weapons. The system taught is believed to have been Phraya Arjarn Prongs and the Pichai Sung Kran system. The school was established to teach the Siamese art of self-defence, Krabi Krabong.
Major Generals and all Officers of the army attended the school to teach them the methods by which to protect their country. And themselves It is a recorded fact that three Kings trained at the Buddhai Swan Temple: Phraya Taksin, Putt a Yodt Fa and Somdet Paworn Raja Chao Mahaseeha Sook Raknarn. Probably the most famous of these three Kings would be Phraya Taksin. To write even a brief history of his many exploits would take up a whole tome by itself.
Suffice it to say and I quote "Taksin, one of the most remarkable men who ever wore the crown of Siam" (from "A History of Siam by W.A.R. Wood). We cannot talk about King Taksin of course, without mentioning his renowned Commander-in-Chief Phraya Pichai Daab Hak (Daab Hak meaning Broken Sword). In the heat of a fierce engagement his sword broke in two. With one sword and the hilt of the broken one he led his army to victory.
On two occasions Ayuddhaya fell to the Burmese. The first time during the reign of King Naresuan the Great 1555-1605. An outstanding warrior King from Thai history, not only saving Ayuddhaya but declaring Siams independence from Burma. The second time was in 1767.
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