Thailand holds memorial services on anniversary of HM King Rama IX’s passing

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H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX – December 5, 1927- October 13, 2016.

The Public Relations Department organized activities to commemorate the anniversary of the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great on October 13.

Public Relations Department (PRD) Director-General Lt. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd led department personnel to participate in a garlands-laying ceremony and an homage-paying ceremony on the anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great’s death.



After delivering a speech in remembrance of His Majesty’s contributions to the people of Thailand, the PRD chief led participants in paying tribute to His Late Majesty by observing 89 seconds of silence – 89 was King Bhumibol’s age when he passed away on October 13, 2016. The director-general then paid respect to an image of His Late Majesty to conclude the ceremonies.


Public agencies nationwide held garland-laying ceremonies to mark the passing of King Rama IX and in remembrance of the king’s deeds. Covid-19 prevention measures were observed, with distancing implemented and face masks being compulsory.

In Nong Khai province, Governor Monsit Phaisarnthanawat chaired a garlands-laying ceremony where attendees observed 89 seconds of silence. Upon the ceremony concluding, the governor led the participants to view an exhibition on His Late Majesty’s biography, work and royal duties, which had been set up at the site of the ceremony.

Banjong Banthoonprayuk, former Lions Club District 310 governor, Jirawat Plukjai, president of the Chumsai Community, and Pattaya officials paid tribute to the late King Rama IX at Thamsamakee Temple on the fifth anniversary of his passing on October 13.

In Mae Hong Son province, Vice Governor Siriwat Bupphacharoen led representatives of public agencies and members of the public in an alms-giving event to make merit for His Late Majesty. The participants then attended a formal remembrance ceremony and observed 89 seconds of silence. COVID-19 prevention measures were observed throughout the ceremony.



In Pattaya, Banjong Banthoonprayuk, former Lions Club District 310 governor, and Jirawat Plukjai, president of the Chumsai Community, stood in for Pattaya’s mayor at the October memorial service at Thamsamakee Temple. Loyal subjects made merit and offered a meal to monks in remembrance of their beloved HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Abbot Somboon Lakthamano led the chanting ceremony.