Honoring Thailand’s departed king

Thai’s highly revered their king, who died late last year after 70 years in the role. He was mostly a ceremonial king, albeit one who did a great deal for his country – and the lower economic classes – through various programs and incentives.

Anyway, it was extraordinary how the Thais reacted to his passing. A one-year mourning period was put in place, with government employees required to wear black during this time. There was a one-week period where everyone wore black, even me.

I’m not a big fan of monarchy’s, but to say the Thais loved him would be to highly underrate his affect on the people of Thailand. Everywhere you went, there were tributes. Eight months later, there are still lines of Thais waiting to pay respects to the king daily.

Hua Hin was no exception. Perhaps signifying best how the Thais felt about their king would be the conversion of a mile-long concrete wall in Hua Hin along the roadside into a never-ending mural honoring their king:

About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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