Thailand’s Beloved King Has Passed Away

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by Yanitha
Category:   News, Thai Trivia

“His Majesty has passed away peacefully at Siriraj Hospital peacefully,” the palace said, Thursday, Oct 13 at 15:52

The ninth King of the Chakri Dynasty ascended to the throne on June 9, 1946 and was the world’s longest-reigning monarch. People across the country celebrated the 70th year of his accession to the throne this year.

Our beloved king was born at Cambridge Hospital (now Mount Auburn Hospital) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States, on 5 December 1927. He was the youngest son of HRH Prince Mahidol Adulyadej, the Prince of Songkla, and his commoner wife Mom Sangwan (later HRH Princess Srinagarindra, the Princess Mother).


King Bhumibol came to Thailand in 1928, after his father obtained a certificate from Harvard. His father died of kidney failure in September 1929, when Bhumibol was less than two years old. He ascended the throne following the death his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, on 9 June 1946.

On 4 October 1948, while he was driving a Fiat Topolino on the Geneva-Lausanne road, he collided with the rear of a braking truck 10 km outside Lausanne. While he was hospitalised in Lausanne, MRV. Sirikit visited him frequently. She met his mother, who asked her to continue her studies nearby so that he could get to know her better. He selected for her a boarding school in Lausanne, Riante Rive. A quiet engagement in Lausanne followed on 19 July 1949, and they were married on 28 April 1950, just a week before his coronation.

He was crowned King of Thailand on 5 May 1950 at the Royal Palace in Bangkok where he pledged that he would “reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the Siamese people”


King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit have four children:

  • (Formerly HRH) Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, born 5 April 1951 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, born 28 July 1952.
  • HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, born 2 April 1955.
  • HRH Princess Chulabhorn Walailak, born 4 July 1957.

After completing his introductory trips overseas in the 1960s, His Majesty the King has never left the country and has concentrated his time and efforts instead on the well-being of the Thai people. The King has travelled to all areas of Thailand, including the remotest parts with the most rugged terrain, talking to people to understand their ways of life and problems and find ways to help them. Despite traditional rituals and court etiquettes, the Thai King is close to his people than many leaders.


King Bhumibol has initiated more than thousands development projects, ranging from irrigation, farming, drought and flood alleviation, crop substitution, public health, distance learning to employment promotion. These have helped improve the lives of Thais in all parts of the country


His Majesty has been promoting self-reliant or sustainable farming since the 1950s, it is generally accepted that the idea of Sufficiency Economy had been brought up in the 1970s during in His Majesty’s speeches.


Sufficiency Economy is a philosophy based on the fundamental principle of Thai culture. It is a method of development based on moderation, prudence, and social immunity, one that uses knowledge and virtue as guidelines in living. Significantly, there must be intelligence and perseverance which will lead to real happiness in leading one’s life.

His palace, unlike any palace in this world, is the testing ground for new agricultural concept aim to improve people’s living.His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has always been greatly concerned for the welfare of his loyal subjects, particularly farmers and agricultural producers who form the traditional backbone of the Thai community.

From his frequent visits to every corner of the royal kingdom, His Majesty saw first-hand the plight and predicament of the people. He has therefore dedicated himself to improving agricultural practices, which is key to the betterment of living standards. This led His Majesty to initiate the “Royal Chitralada Agricultural Projects” within the grounds of Chitralada Villa, the royal residence.


1. Water Hyacinth Plant Pot Factory
2. Organic Fertilizer Plant
3. Dairy Farm
4. New Dairy Farm
5. Solar House
6. New Spirulina Farm
7. UHT Milk Plant (Milk Parlor and former Biogas Fermentation Tanks)
8. Computer Center
9. Milk Tanks
10. Milk Collection Center
11. Administration Office
12. New Milk Powder Plant
13. Drinking Water Plant
14. Milk Powder Plant
15. Cheese Plant
16. Quality Control Unit (Top floor of Milk Tablet Plant)
17. Milk Tablet Plant
18. Office Building
19. Rice Storage Silo
20. Training Unit and Data Processing Unit Office
21. Model Rice Mill
22. Alcohol Storage Tank
23. Gasohol Station
24. Rice-Husk Compacting Plant
25. Supply Unit
26. Plant Tissue Culture Unit
27. Plant Genetics Conservation Office
28. Experimental Rice Fields (Research Institute, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives)
29. Plant Museum
30. Plant Germplasm Bank
31. Plant Germplasm Data Bank
32. Nursery
33. Experimental Fuel Production Unit (Alcohol Distillery)
34. Maha Mongkol Hall
35. Royal Candle Factory
36. Sales Office
37. Research and Development Unit 1
38. Fruit Juice Cannery
39. Pasteurized Fruit Juice Plant
40. Baked Product Sub-Unit
41. Spirulina Farm and Products
42. Nursery
43. Fruit Drying Plant and Baked Products
44. Scented Candle Sub-Unit
45. Perfume and Souvenir Sub-Unit
46. Clay Handicraft Unit
47. Mulberry Paper Mill
48. Fruit Juice Cannery 2 and Honey Product Plant
49. Fish Food Plant
50. Multi-Purpose Building
51. Ling Zhi Farm
52. Research and Development Unit 2
53. Ling Zhi Products

Many of these concepts had been implemented all over the country. We love him not because he is the King of Thailand but because what he has done. Our King, the ordinary man who had been working to help us all his life and never asked for anything in return. To Thai people, our King is truly the center of our love and believe in goodness.

With a sense of divine grace of His Majesty.

Thank you for the information from :
Bangkok Post
Telegraph UK
Tatrawee Harikul Facebook

The Chaipattana Foundation
The Royal Chitralada Project
Big Chilli, The life and work of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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