24-hour clock  seemed quite original to me. Why, no! The real creativity is shown by creators of 6-hour clock. I actually found information about that by accident. However I saw – right, unconsciously – 24-hour clocks in various European cities, 6-hour creations are totally new discovery for me! The discovery from Thailand.

This system counts 24 hours a day, but divides it into four parts, consisting of six hours each. Great fun. Every hour appears four times a day! Fortunately, each quarter has a name (07:00-12:59 is a mong chao, 13:00-18:59 is a bai mong, 19:00-00:59 is a thum and 01:00-06:59 is a ti ). The first two quarters imply a day, and two more – night. With such a tangled system it would seem that it really doesn’t matter. It does, however. It’s crucial in the nomenclature. The word mong occurring in the name of daylight hours is nothing for it but onomatopoeia of gong’s sound (used during the day), while thum reflects the sound of the drum. Ti means a hit, while chao and bai mean morning and afternoon in turn, given to distinguish the two daytimes. It’s a piece of cake!

Although currently the 6-hour system is used in Thailand mainly in everyday speech, the time in this country arouses consternation among foreigners (perhaps except residents of Laos and Cambodia). It’s worth understanding this system, visiting Thailand. Otherwise you can come to a meeting with a trifling six-hour delay.

Interestingly, the six-hour clock is also found in the Roman Palazzo Rondinini (in the picture), but this is a topic for a separate entry.

PS: Contrary to appearances, I haven’t abandoned painting clocks for exploring the history of the horology. I bravely accept technical challenges connected with setting and finishing my work. I’ll show effects soon!

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