With all our prayers

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

The news of the pass­ing away of His Majesty The King King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej of Thai­land was re­ceived in Bhutan with much sad­ness and grief. A day of na­tional mourn­ing was ob­served on the 14th of Oc­to­ber, 2016.

The Na­tional Flag flew at half mast to honour the mem­ory of His Majesty the Late King Bhu­mi­bol, and of­fices and schools re­mained closed to en­able the peo­ple to visit tem­ples and of­fer prayers.

For the next seven days, but­ter lamps will be lit and spe­cial prayers of­fered at Thim­phu Tashich­hod­zong, Thim­phu Na­tional Me­mo­rial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang, Thai Pavil­ion, Cen­ten­nial Park, Pu­nakha Dzong, Trongsa Dzong, Trashigang Dzong, Paro Tak­t­sang, Paro Kyichu Lhakhang, Tali Drat­sang, Samtse Shiv Mandir, and Phuentshol­ing Zang­topelri.

His Majesty the Late King Bhu­mi­bol has been an ex­cep­tional leader, a com­fort­ing pres­ence in the lives of ev­ery Thai cit­i­zen. His Majesty’s en­dur­ing ser­vice for the wel­fare and well-be­ing of his peo­ple will be re­mem­bered with honour and re­spect.

The Royal Fam­i­lies of Bhutan and Thai­land have shared ex­cep­tion­ally warm re­la­tions over the years, which have been mir­rored by strong bonds of friend­ship be­tween the two coun­tries.

The diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Bhutan and Thai­land was es­tab­lished in 1989 and has grown stronger over the years. Both na­tions have many fea­tures in com­mon. Lo­cated in South­east Asia, both na­tions have a monar­chy sys­tem. Both Bhutan and Thai­land have Bud­dhist-ma­jor­ity pop­u­la­tions, with a strong Bud­dhist her­itage and cul­ture. Thai­land has es­tab­lished a con­sulate in Bhutan, but also uses its em­bassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh to co­or­di­nate its re­la­tions with Bhutan and its ac­tiv­i­ties there.

In re­cent years, there has been a sig­nif­i­cant growth in tourism be­tween the two na­tions. Bhutan and Thai­land also pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion in the field of ed­u­ca­tion. Sev­eral Thai uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing the Prince of Songkla Univer­sity and the Rangsit Univer­sity, have Bhutanese stu­dents. Thai uni­ver­si­ties pro­vide schol­ar­ship pro­grams to at­tract Bhutanese stu­dents.

In 2006, a Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006 ex­po­si­tion was in­au­gu­rated in north­ern Thai­land to mark the 60th an­niver­sary of His Majesty The King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej. The gar­den was de­vel­oped and de­sign at the cost of Nu. 10 mil­lion.

On Novem­ber 10, 2009 the Em­bassy of Thai­land in Dhaka launched the “Bhutan-Thai­land Friend­ship Park” in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Thim­phu Throm­dre. The park was aimed to cel­e­brate both the 20th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions, and the an­niver­sary of the coro­na­tion of His Majesty The King. The park is to be ad­min­is­tered by the Thim­phu city cor­po­ra­tion.

As Thai­land goes through the na­tional mourn­ing, as a good friend and neigh­bor its time for us to of­fer our prayers for the Late His Majesty The King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyade and also for the pros­per­ity and well be­ing of Thai­land.

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