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Its going to be interesting times ahead for Thailand. :(

 

 


 

 

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-serving monarch, has died at the age of 88, the palace announced Thursday, leaving a divided nation bereft of a rare figure of unity.

 

"Although the team of doctors treated him to the best of their ability, his condition deteriorated," the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement.

 

"At 15:52 (0852 GMT) he died at Siriraj Hospital peacefully," it said as large crowds kept vigil outside the hospital where the monarch spent most of the last two years.

 

All Thai television stations switched to a special announcement that began with black and white photographs of the king, before a formally dressed presenter read out the palace statement.

 

Bhumipol's death, which will lead to a one-year mourning period, ends a remarkable seven-decade reign and plunges Thailand into a deeply uncertain future.

 

Most Thais have known no other monarch and Bhumibol has been portrayed as a guiding light through decades of political turmoil, coups and violent unrest.

 

His 64-year-old son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is his named successor.

 

Bhumibol's death is a major test for the country's generals, who seized power in 2014 vowing to restore stability after a decade of political chaos, a turbulent period exacerbated by the king's declining health as jostling elites competed for power.

 

The military has deep links with the palace and many inside the kingdom saw the putsch as a move to ensure generals could stamp down on any instability during a succession.

 

It is difficult to overestimate how important Bhumibol has been to most of his subjects. Many of those gathered outside his hospital were dressed in pink in the belief that it would bring the king good luck, while others flooded social media with digital prayers.

 

- National devotion -

 

From cradle to grave they have been taught about his devotion to his people in newspapers, history books, school classes and nightly television broadcasts.

 

It is not unusual to see Thais moved to tears when they talk of a future without him.

 

Officially known as King Rama IX, he descended from the Chakri dynasty which came to power in Thailand in the late eighteenth century.

 

His subjects have had many years to get used to the prospect of no longer having Bhumibol -- their king has not been seen by the public for months and has suffered years of ill health.

 

On Sunday and Wednesday the palace released two unusually grave health statements, saying the monarch was on a ventilator, battling kidney problems and that his condition was "not stable".

 

But his passing will still be a huge shock to the nation.

 

Backed by an intense palace-driven personality cult, he is revered as a demigod by many, seen as a serene leader above the din of the kingdom's notoriously fractious political scene.

 

His reign spanned a remarkable era in which Thailand transformed itself from an impoverished, rural nation into one of the region’s most successful economies, dodging the civil wars and communist takeovers of its neighbours.

 

He built a reputation for criss-crossing the nation to visit the rural poor and sometimes intervened to quell key moments of political violence -- although other times he stayed silent and he approved most of the army's many coups during his reign.

 

- Criticism muted -

 

Any criticism or effective republican sentiment has been erased inside Thailand by a draconian lese majeste law, use of which has surged since the military’s latest takeover.

 

Vajiralongkorn is much less well known to Thais and has yet to attain his father’s widespread popularity. He spends much of his time overseas, especially in Germany, and is a keen pilot who flies his own Boeing 737.

 

In recent years, and especially since the 2014 coup, he has made more frequent public appearances inside Thailand and taken on a larger number of royal engagements.

 

He will inherit one of the world's richest monarchies.

 

During his reign Bhumibol, with his establishment allies, built up a multi-billion-dollar-empire spanning property, construction and banks under the banner of the Crown Property Bureau (CPB).

 

Analysts say the CBP's vast reserves allowed the crown to build a deep network among the Thai elite, helping insulate the king from the political pressures felt by monarchs who rely chiefly on state funding.

 

The palace’s announcement that the king was gravely ill sent shudders through the stock market and pushed the baht currency to a two-month low.

 

In a note to clients this week, risk consultancy firm BMI Research said the king's passing would likely create "more financial market volatility as well as a period of economic gridlock amid an extended official mourning period".

 

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MODS and ADMIN be careful watch for dick face board members posting stupid shit. Your site could be blocked in Thailand one simple key stroke. 

 

Just a heads up. 

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Thailand will not be the same. The PM declared a year of mourning, and called the Thai people to avoid any happy events in the coming 30 days. Not a good time to go to Thailand.

 

This is how I as a kid first learn about Thailand and the king. It's not this king but it is always nice to remember.

 

R.I.P.

 

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MODS and ADMIN be careful watch for dick face board members posting stupid shit. Your site could be blocked in Thailand one simple key stroke. 

 

Just a heads up. 

Considering the Kings American ties,His long standing American support dating back to the 1960's.His death should be viewed almost on par with Ex American Presidents,Sadly it doesn't seem that it is,Ive not heard much at all in the US media.

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just read on fb so it must be true, that all entertainment venues will be closed for 30 days in thailand

 

Here is what I found. No clue if true. 

 

 

All entertainment in Thailand suspended for 30 days.
Thailand shuts down
It has been announced there will be a public display of respect and mourning in Thailand for thirty-days.
There will be no entertainment programs on radio or television. No music, no comedy and no soap series. Every Thai channel will broadcast royal daily news continuously.
All entertainment events have been cancelled for thirty-days. There will be no concerts, live music, stage shows or competitions.
Many nightclubs and go go bars have already closed down and will remain closed as a mark of respect.
Some bars have been told to close for three-days, others have been shut down for seven days.
More information will be shared as it becomes available.
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MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – Thailand's revered monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, has died Thursday, October 13, ending one of modern history's longest reigns ever. He was 88 years old, and has been King for the past 70 years.

 

"Although the team of doctors treated him to the best of their ability, his condition deteriorated," the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement. "At 15:52 (4:54 pm Manila time) he died at Siriraj Hospital peacefully."

 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, the former army chief who leads Thailand's ruling junta, said that the king's 64-year-old son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is his named successor.

 

In a televised address to the nation, Prayut said Thailand would hold a one-year mourning period and that all entertainment functions must be "toned down" for a month.

 

All Thai television stations switched to a special announcement that began with black and white photographs of the king, before a formally dressed presenter read out the palace statement.

 

Bhumibol's death is a major test for the country's generals, who seized power in 2014 vowing to restore stability after a decade of political chaos, a turbulent period exacerbated by the king's declining health as jostling elites competed for power.

 

The military has deep links with the palace and many inside the kingdom saw the putsch as a move to ensure generals could stamp down on any instability during a succession.

 

It is difficult to overestimate how important Bhumibol has been to most of his subjects. Many of those gathered outside his hospital were dressed in pink in the belief that it would bring the king good luck, while others flooded social media with digital prayers.

 

Seven-decade rule

 

King Bhumibol Adulyadej has reigned since June 9, 1946, and has been a unifying force in a nation bitterly divided along political lines – one that has seen dozens of coups and deadly political violence in the past few decades.

 

His reign spanned a remarkable era in which Thailand transformed itself from an impoverished, rural nation into one of the region’s most successful economies, dodging the civil wars and communist takeovers of its neighbors.

 

He built a reputation for criss-crossing the nation to visit the rural poor and sometimes intervened to quell key moments of political violence – although other times he stayed silent and he approved most of the army's many coups during his reign.

 

Most Thais have known no other monarch.

 

He has just marked his 7th decade on the throne, but has been in and out of the hospital for the better part of the past two year due to various health problems.

 

His past health issues included regular infections, breathing difficulties, renal failure and hydrocephalus – a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid commonly referred to as "water on the brain".

 

He has been confined at the Siriraj Hospital since the weekend.

 

Formally known as King Rama IX, King Bhumibol would have celebrated his 89th birthday on December 5.

 

Bhumibol ascended to the throne after his brother was found dead from a gunshot wound at a Bangkok palace – a death the king would describe decades later in a BBC documentary as "very mysterious."

 

His anointed successor, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is yet to draw the same level of devotion as his father. He spends much of his time overseas, especially in Germany, and is a keen pilot who flies his own Boeing 737. 

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MODS and ADMIN be careful watch for dick face board members posting stupid shit. Your site could be blocked in Thailand one simple key stroke. 

 

Just a heads up. 

 

Don't think you will have to worry about that on this board donkey .... haven't run into any "dick faced board members" here .... other websites are full of them but here not so much .... and I don't even have any one flagged for ignore on this board ..... yet ..... :lol: :lol:

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Don't think you will have to worry about that on this board donkey .... haven't run into any "dick faced board members" here .... other websites are full of them but here not so much .... and I don't even have any one flagged for ignore on this board ..... yet ..... :lol: :lol:

 

There is one on pee-eye right now, but im sure the Admin is getting ready to show him whats behind door number 2.  :P

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