With all our prayers
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.