Miew…That was her name. She asked us with her charming smile to call her Miew Miew so that she would be able to recognize our team and stretch us with helping hands amidst the enormous crowd at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) in Bangkok. She was so benevolent, entertaining and always smiling while introducing each and every spot of tourist attractions in Bangkok. While our luxurious tourist bus was proceeding from place to place, I noticed larger and colorful portraits and paintings of a King across the street. Out of inquisitiveness I asked who he is, but precipitously the ever smiling Miew went silent for a while and then started elucidating about the tale of a gentle man who was both God, Father, and King to the people of Thailand.
Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who breathe his last on 13th October 2016 at the age of 88 has been the world’s longest-reigning Monarch. When I visited Thailand, he was in the Hospital but scores of people used to station outside the hospital offering prayers for the health of King Adulyadej. If I scrounge the words of Miew, Thai people are highly fond of celebrations and enjoying life in its maximum in all possible ways, but since the day King was permanently admitted in the Siriraj Hospital for treatment, the country abstained from all celebrations. The true love and devotion to the King was very much visible in the eyes of Miew; not only her, the entire Thai population felt the same to their King. When I saw the mourning and weeping of the entire population of Thailand today, I was again taken back to the beautiful “Land of Smiles”.
Thailand is subsisted by its tourism. The tropical beaches, luxurious royal palaces, ancient remains, sumptuous temples displaying figures of Buddha and the Thai Massage make Thailand the best tourist place in the world. The massage parlors and reflexology centers athwart the modern city of Bangkok and of course in Pattaya are great attractions where millions of tourists arrives from all over the world come to have their vacation.
King Bhumibol was born in Cambridge in the Massachusetts. He acceded to the throne on 9th June 1946 after his brother King Ananda Mahidol died. King Bhumibol Adulyadej is believed to be the father of modern Thailand.
People across Thailand shows their reverence for their king with several pictures of the Monarch hung on their walls; similar manner the gigantic portraits of the Royal couple, decorated with yellow and white ornaments and silk fabric in each junction retells that the King is in the hearts and minds of the citizen.
The Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn would become the new Monarch. But as expected he has sought time to mourn his father’s death before taking the reign. Since I have seen the Thai people and their lifestyle too close and experienced their hospitality, I know it would not be so easy for them to compromise to the current difficult situation. As one among the millions of Thai of the erstwhile Siam, I too join Miew in paying tribute to the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Copy Right © KJD 2016