Great king remembered three years on

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Citizens throughout the greater Pattaya area honored the memory of HM King Rama IX with local ceremonies to pay homage and by doing good deeds on the third anniversary of his death.
Citizens throughout the greater Pattaya area honored the memory of HM King Rama IX with local ceremonies to pay homage and by doing good deeds on the third anniversary of his death.

People in the greater Pattaya area honored the memory of HM King Rama IX with local ceremonies to pay homage and by doing good deeds on the third anniversary of his death.

As usual for a long holiday weekend, the roads leading into and out of town were jammed, with traffic moving at a snail’s pace both directions on Sukhumvit Road. The torrential downpours throughout the day added to the tailbacks. The sky was certainly crying for the memory of our beloved king.

Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri bows before a portrait of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great.
Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri bows before a portrait of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great.

This year, the day was a double holiday, as Auk Pansaa, also known as the ending of Buddhist Lent, also fell on Sunday, Oct. 13.

Live music and boisterous entertainment on Walking Street and other nightspots around town was canceled and, from morning until night, people went out of their way to do good for society.

Top Pattaya and Banglamung officials kicked off the commemorations with an early-morning alms offering and laying flowered wreaths, incense and bowing before a portrait of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great.

At 7 p.m., Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri led top Pattaya officials back to the district office for a candlelight vigil for the late monarch with.

Everyone stood and observed 89 seconds of silence, followed by singing “Phra Phu Song Pen Niran, the King who will live for eternity”.

Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri leads officials in presenting alms to monks for Auk Pansaa.
Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri leads officials in presenting alms to monks for Auk Pansaa.

On Jomtien Beach, Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome kicked off a beach-cleaning along three kilometers of Jomtien shoreline.

Other good deeds were done in the late King’s name throughout the area, including cutting grass, distributing food and drink, collecting garbage, and helping poor people and children.

In Sattahip, the Royal Thai Navy commemorated the second anniversary of the death of King Rama IX with a merit-making ceremony. Vice Admiral Wara Tankham, commander of the 1st Naval Area, opened the Oct. 13 ceremony at the Air and Coastal Defense Command in Sattahip.

Sailors and members of the public joined to give dried food and rice to the monks, whose number represented HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s age when he died in 2016.

Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome lays a wreath and salutes an image of the late beloved king.
Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome lays a wreath and salutes an image of the late beloved king.

In Sattahip, Sattahip District Officer Anucha Intasorn led government officers from 30 organizations to perform alms offerings of rice and dried foods to 89 monks from 9 temples, and later lay wreaths to pay loyalty in front an image of HM the late King Bhumibol the Great in front of the Sattahip District Office Community Hall.

Throughout the area, volunteers planted trees to restore the environment in the name of HM the late King Rama IX.

Public officials and private citizens throughout the kingdom gathered to do good deeds for society in memory of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct. 13, the third anniversary of his passing. Shown here, members of the Thailand Red Cross in Sattahip lay a wreath in front of an image of their late great king.
Public officials and private citizens throughout the kingdom gathered to do good deeds for society in memory of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct. 13, the third anniversary of his passing. Shown here, members of the Thailand Red Cross in Sattahip lay a wreath in front of an image of their late great king.
Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome (right) kicks off a beach-cleaning along three kilometers of Jomtien Beach.
In Sattahip, Sattahip District Officer Anucha Intasorn leads government officers from 30 organizations to perform alms offerings of rice and dried foods to 89 monks from 9 temples.
In Sattahip, Sattahip District Officer Anucha Intasorn leads government officers from 30 organizations to perform alms offerings of rice and dried foods to 89 monks from 9 temples.
In Sattahip, the Royal Thai Navy commemorated the second anniversary of the death of King Rama IX with a merit-making ceremony.
In Sattahip, the Royal Thai Navy commemorated the second anniversary of the death of King Rama IX with a merit-making ceremony.
In Bangkok, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, cabinet ministers and the people conducted alms-giving and merit-making ceremonies on the occasion of the anniversary of the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, at Sanam Luang.
In Bangkok, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, cabinet ministers and the people conducted alms-giving and merit-making ceremonies on the occasion of the anniversary of the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, at Sanam Luang.