King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

Last week was King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand’s funeral, so in appreciation of the beautiful country of Thailand and many of my Thai friends, I wanted to take a moment to write about the beautiful country and King Bhumibol.

King Bhumibol reigned for 70 years and 126 days and was the longest-reigning monarch in the world. He was on the throne longer than the Queen of England, who is the world’s second longest reigning monarch.

Throughout his reign, he was deeply respected for the development projects that he undertook. He worked throughout his life to develop villages and hill tribe villages throughout the country, he introduced agricultural projects such as new strains of rice, improved water sources, created programs for public health and welfare, improved communications and worked on environmental project development. He worked to provide education to the country and only put programs in place that used the natural resources in the country and allowed the population to become more self-reliant.

Most Thai people have never known any king but King Bhumibol and the love that the Thai people have for the king is very clear throughout the country. They refer to him as “Father” for all of the work that he has done for his people, and on the roads, in private homes, and businesses, there are photos of the king proudly displayed. At first, seeing photos of the king throughout the roads was strange for me, but you immediately see how important he was to the people. In homes, people chose their favorite images of the king and placed them where everyone could see.

A soldier salutes in front of the Royal Crematorium during a funeral for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.

Talking to Thais about the king teaches you about all of the wonderful ways that he has helped his country and his people. To celebrate his life, last week was the five-day ceremony after a year of mourning. It took a full year to prepare for the ceremony, and $90 million USD was spent on the ceremony itself, which went back into the local economy. The crematorium that was built at the Grand Palace in Bangkok was created by local artists.

It is something that I am looking forward to visiting and paying my respects to the next time that I am in Thailand.


Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen

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