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The Bangkok Recorder

The Bangkok Recorder (Thai: บางกอกรีคอเดอ) was the first Thai-language newspaper, first published monthly, and later bi-weekly, in Bangkok, Siam between 1844–1845, and 1865-1867. It was written and published by Dr. Dan Beach Bradley, an American Christian missionary who spent 35 years in the country.

The Bangkok Recorder
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March 1, 1865 issue of The Bangkok Recorder
TypeMonthly newspaper (1844-1845)
Bi-weekly newspaper (1865-1867)
Owner(s)Dan Beach Bradley
PublisherDan Beach Bradley
EditorDan Beach Bradley
Founded1844
LanguageThai
Ceased publication1867
HeadquartersBangkok, Thailand

Bradley published both English- and Thai-language editions of The Bangkok Recorder. The Thai edition measured 6 x 9 inches, and the English edition 12 x 18 inches. The newspaper had a two-column layout.

One-time subscribers of The Bangkok Recorder included King Mongkut and various Thai nobles. The newspaper eventually closed due to unprofitability. Bradley wrote in the paper urging subscribers to pay their fees. Lack of payment may have been the result of disapproval of Bradley's subject matter. In addition to local and foreign news, Bradley wrote on general topics, including science and politics. His writings on Christianity and Buddhism may have been perceived as critical of the dominant religion.

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  • The Bangkok Recorder (Full Collection) (pdf) (in Thai). Sommai Huntrakun, collector. Bangkok: Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary. 1994.