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Royal souvenir piggy banks inspired by late King

Three souvenir money boxes in the shape of items frequently used by the late King Rama IX are being offered to people in exchange for their old piggy banks by Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital.(Photo: Post Today)

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Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital hopes to revive childhood saving habits and raise money for a new building with the offer of royal souvenir piggy banks commemorating the late King Rama IX.

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Hospital brings back piggy banks with savings campaign

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Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital hopes to revive childhood saving habits and raise money for a new building with the offer of royal souvenir piggy banks commemorating the late King Rama IX.

People can exchange their full piggy banks, of any shape or size, for one of three special money boxes in the form of items commonly associated with the king and his travels around the country – a camera, a walkie-talkie radio and a Land Rover car.

The money inside them will go to the hospital's new building fund.

The aim is to awaken Thais to the need to save regularly with the campaign slogan "follow the king by saving", Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital director Pradit Panchawinin said on Thursday.

The idea comes from a speech on saving by King Bhumibol Adulyadej on April 5 last year, he said.

The King stressed that saving is one of the foundations of financial security, both for individuals and society.  

The king's savings habit was sparked during his childhood in Switzerland, when the Princess Mother taught him to put about 10% of his earnings into a piggy bank every month. This frugality continued throughout his later 70 years on the throne, Dr Pradit said.

The announcement on the hospital's website.


People are encouraged to exchange their full piggy banks for one of the souvenir money boxes at the hospital or via website http://www.savingforgiving.com..

The walkie-talkie money box will be offered first, from July 28 to Aug 20, followed by the camera (Aug 21 to Sept 20) and the king's car (Sept 21 to Oct 20).

Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital is a new private subsidiary of Siriraj Hospital, where King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on Oct 13 last year. The royal cremation will be on Oct 26.

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