Birthday Remembrance for Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej


Bangkok, Thailand
5 December 2016

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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, born on 5th December 1927, ascended the throne in 1946 and held the reins until 2016. Having reign over Thailand for 70 years, placing him as the world’s longest serving head-of-state and Thailand’s longest reigning monarch. At the age of 88, His Majesty passed away peacefully on Thursday, 13th October 2016 at Siriraj Hospital

A special event is staged by The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to mark the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 5th December 2016. Bhumibol 1 Bridge was chosen especially for this special event because His Majesty felt strongly about helping to improve in and around Bangkok to improve the lives of the people.

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I felt deeply honored and humbled to have the opportunity to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event held on Bhumibol 1 Bridge to commemorate His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday.

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Group photo of the Media Participants invited by Tourism Authority of Thailand on Bhumibol 1 Bridge

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My fan girl moment with some Thai superstars in the crowd and these boys are ridiciously good looking! From left to right: Boy Pakorn, Phet Thatkrit, Pai Wisarut, Jaron Sorso and Tara Tipa.

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Portrait of His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX

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Beautiful sunrise painting the skies with shades of pink hues

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Thousands of mourners gathered on Bhumibol 1 Bridge named after the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on what would have been his birthday, to remember the Nation’s “Father” and his work to improve the lives of the Thai people.

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Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Mass display of grief, standing in silence for 89-second to mark the King’s life and reign. Thai Royal Anthem is then played and the crowd also join in the mass singing of the song Kwam Fan An Soong Sood (The Impossible Dream) which was composed by His Majesty.

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Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

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Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand General Thanask Patimaprakorn leading the crowd in tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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Photo Credit: Strait Times

A total of 999 buddhist monks led the prayers in honor to the late His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Spotted the Deputy Prime Minister walking towards my direction which I quickly went up and ask if I can take selfie with him. It is not everyday you get to go so close up with a prominment and influential political figure.

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Mourners holding alof picture of the late king.

At the end of the event, white and yellow balloons were released. Yellow is the color associated with the Birthday of the late king.

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