Thailand post issued a set of four stamps of Khun Chang-Khun Phaen as a part of National Children’s Day.
Khun Chang-Khun Phaen, a traditional Thai literature narrative, is about a love triangle between one woman (Wanthong) and two men (Khun Chang-Khun Phaen). It is believed to be based on a true story from the Ayutthaya Period.
Since then it has been handed down as a folk narrative. Prince Damrong assumed that the origins of the narative lay in the beginning of the Khum Hai Karn Chao Krung Kao Chronicle (The Chronicle of the Statements Made by the Inhabitants of the Ancient Capital). These three characters were from Suphan Buri. Wanthong and Khun Phaen were involved in a secret love affair and they were not yet married when Khun Phaen was conscripted for war.
Khun Chang made every attempt to win Wanthong was his wife but on returning from the war, Khun Phaen took her away from Khun Chang, who went in search of her only to be hurt by Khun Phaen. A plan was devirsed to track them down and, after their arrest, Wanthong was executed for her indecisive love for two men.
The stamps are Illustrating comic-style characters of Thai classic literature titled “Khun Chang-Khun Phaen”
1. Khun Phaen
2. Khun Chang
3. Khun Phaen’s ghost boy called Kumara Thong and Hong Prai, a female spirit in his power
4. Nang Phimpilalai
Title: National Children’s Day 2011
Date of Issue: 8 January 2011
Denominations: 3 Baht x 4