Sunday 24th June, 2012
In 2010, representatives of the Thai community in the UK, including ATS Vice-Chair Dr. Orapin Dawson, visited Thailand under a project lead by H.E. Kitti Wasinondh, the Thai Ambassador. While they were visiting some of the King's initiative projects, a group member asked the King's Principle Private Secretary if the King would kindly allow his Water Turbine invention to be granted to the Temple at Wimbledon to help aerate the lake. On June 24th 2012 the King's famous invention, the "Water Turbine" or " Gunghun -Nam" has finally been granted to the Thai Temple for the Thai community in London. Dr. Sumet Tantivegkul, Honorary Secretary of the Chaipatana Foundation of which King Bhumibol is the President, as well as a team of engineers, brought the machine for installation in the Lake at Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon.
A ceremony and presentation took place, presided over by H.E. Kitti and Team Thailand from the Thai Embassy as well as members of the Thai Community in the UK. Dr Orapin Dawson, ATS Vice Chair, was present on behalf of the Anglo-Thai Society. This is the 3rd machine that has been requested for use outside of Thailand, the first one being in Brussels and the second at Kotamala in India. On Sunday 25th November, there will be a Loy Kratong Festival at the Temple where people can float candles and see this special invention.