In loving memory of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (Rama IX) has died on Thusrday, the 13th October 2016 at the age of 88. He was the longest reigning King in Thai history and the world, having reigned since 9th June 1946.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, portrait from 1946 (photo: wikimedia.org)

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, portrait from 1946 (photo: wikimedia.org)

In loving memory of H.M King Bhumibol Adulyadej

King Bhumibol the Great is the father and the soul of the Thai nation and Thai people. Hence, the King stood above the law, being revered and immensely respected by Thai people. Thus, in the last days, Thais have payed touching respect to their King in many ways. H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej may truly be called the ‘King of Hearts’ and ‘Father of the Nation’ in Thailand.

In loving memory of King Bhumibol of Thailand

In loving memory of King Bhumibol of Thailand

There is now one year of mourning for government officials in Thailand and as a sign of respect all festivities are banned for a month. Hence, Thai people are in mourning, wearing black or white clothes and tourists are also supposed to be respectful and behave and dress decently. There are many ways, Thai people pay tribute to their King, may it be through art and music but also by doing good deeds. For instance, artists have uploaded their tributes to the King on social media. Here is an example:

Students from Silpakorn University have painted large memorable pictures from the King’s life which are very impressive.

Memorable pictures from the King's life at Silpakorn University (credit: Silpakorn University FB Page)

Memorable pictures from the King’s life at Silpakorn University (credit: Silpakorn University FB Page)

Students have painted great pictures of H.M. King Bhumibol's life (credit: Silpakorn University, FB Page)

Students have painted great pictures of H.M. King Bhumibol’s life (credit: Silpakorn University, FB Page)

Similarly, students from Khon Kaen University have worked day and night to create a work of art for their King, capturing the spirit and soul of the Father of the Nation.

There are also Thai singers who have paid tribute to the King by singing the King’s Anthem. This one is particularly touching, she is singing and crying at the same time.

Finally, there is to mention a man who collected more than tousand pictures of the King for future generations to remember.

Summing up, we may sadly say the the era of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej has come to an end and that Thailand as we knew it is now at an end too. However, we must look positively into the future, accepting that time changes everything. Nevertheless, I am convinced that the King will remain revered and unforgotten.

Yours,

Sirinya

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