Thais share mem­o­ries of happy reign

Bangkok Post - - NATIONAL - AEKARACH SATTABURUTH

Thai peo­ple from all walks of life, both at home and over­seas, shared their grief yes­ter­day on the one-year an­niver­sary of the pass­ing of their beloved na­tional fa­ther-fig­ure the late King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej.

Many opted to do vol­un­teer work and make merit at Bud­dhist tem­ples in re­mem­brance of the late King, while others took to so­cial me­dia to de­scribe and share their feel­ings in words and im­ages.

Princess Ubol­ratana, the el­dest daugh­ter of the late King, posted a por­trait of the King on her In­sta­gram ac­count, @nichax, along with a mes­sage which read: “On this day last year, our fa­ther went to heaven but he will be in [our] hearts for­ever.”

Her In­sta­gram post drew a mas­sive re­ac­tion from her fol­low­ers who took the op­por­tu­nity to join her in re­mem­ber­ing the late King.

A Face­book user, Su­rachai Chu­paka, posted a por­trait of the late King to­gether with a brief story about what he and over 1,000 stu­dents of his at Ramkhamhaeng Univer­sity have done dur­ing the past year to com­mem­o­rate the life of the King.

“I’ve wiped away my tears and turned my grief into the power for con­cen­trat­ing on my re­search,” read Mr Su­rachai’s mes­sage.

He said on the day of the pass­ing of the King, he ini­ti­ated a re­search project ti­tled “pub­lic cul­ture through King Rama IX’s per­sonal films”.

The re­search team found that in ev­ery im­age shot through the late King’s lens there were im­ages of his peo­ple, said Mr Su­rachai.

Another Face­book user by the name of Nop­phakorn Sripha changed his pro­file photo to a photo of him when he was a child and posted mes­sages that peo­ple have used to de­scribe how grate­ful they feel to have lived dur­ing the reign of the late King.

Sirikanya Mang posted a video clip from par­lia­ment on her Face­book page which cap­tured a group singing of the royal an­them to mark the first an­niver­sary of the King’s pass­ing.

Among the most com­mon hash­tags used on the so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day were #Miss­ing you dad#, #Love the King#, #King Rama IX#, #King Bhu­mi­bol#, #365 days with­out you, dad# and #May His Majesty be in our hearts for­ever#.

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