Birthday Remembrance for Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej



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.


An 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 specially for this event because His Majesty felt strongly about helping to improve in and around Bangkok to improve the lives of the people.


Members of the Government and the Royal Thai Navy joined mourners and members of the public on Bhumibol Bridge to celebrate the life and work of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. I am very grateful for the invitation by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to have this great opportunity joining the Thai people to be part of this once in a lifetime special event to commemorate His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday.



Group photo of media participants and TAT representatives taken on Bhumibol 1 Bridge



Portrait of His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX


The Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday on 5th December remained an important day in the hearts of the thai people. Events were held in remembrance of the great monarch in every corner of Thailand and one of the largest events took place on Bhumibol Bridge 1.




Beautiful sunrise painting the skies with shades of pink hues with thousands of mourners gathered on Bhumibol 1 Bridge to remember the Nation’s “Father” on what would have been his birthday.


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


The highlights of the event include a mass display of grief, standing in silence for 89-second to pay respect to the Late King Bhumibol, marking his 89 years. The crowd also join in the mass singing of the Thai Royal Anthem and the song Kwam Fan An Sung Sut (The Impossible Dream), which was composed by His Majesty.



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



I also have the honour of taking pictures with the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand General Thanask Patimaprakorn. It is not everyday you get to go so close up with a prominment and influential political figure.



Mourners holding alof picture of the late king



The 3 hours event ended with a mass release of white and yellow ballon over Bangkong; a city the the late king did so much to modernise and improve.

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