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What mourners say

Oct 21. 2017
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By Kasamakorn Chanwanpen
The Nation

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The Nation’s Kasamakorn Chanwanpen interviews loyal subjects about how they will remember the late King, as they watch the final dress rehearsal of the historic Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground yesterday.

Sudjai Nakpan (53)

“There is so much to say about how I will remember the late King because he was the greatest man and the greatest King, to me. However, most of all, I will always remember all the things he has worked so hard on for all the Thai people and all his teaching. And I will try to do good deeds to repay him.”

Apiradee Khunrahunha (34)

“As a rural girl, I remember the late King as someone who worked hard to help improve the lives of his people. The projects that he initiated contributed so much to the development of my hometown and my family, whose members are mostly farmers. And we are forever grateful.”


Useng Chantawong (70)

“Until my last day, I will always remember I have been very lucky to have been born and lived under the reign of the King who was hardworking and selfless. He has done so much to improve the lives of the Thai people through the royal projects.”

Kaew (38)

“When I think of the late King, I think of his concern for the people. Under his reign, the Thai people have lived in peace and harmony, all because we had such a great King. I will never forget that.”

Sarawuth Phosri (34)

“What I will always remember about the King is his royal guidance given to all the Thai people. I admired him as a developer and a thinker. His teachings can be adopted in our daily lives as they cover everything from responsibility to morality.”

Peter Hobbs (65)

“The King was a great man. I’ve only been in Thailand for four years, but I will never forget the King for his greatness and kindness. I remember seeing a photograph of him with an old lady who was prostrating before him and he laid his hand on her head. The photo touched me very deeply.”



Saranya Sawattong (18) and Portnipa Uthaikitwanich (17)

“All his teachings – they are what we will remember and will try to adopt them as much as we can. Also, we will not forget all his works. He was a dedicated King who worked so hard for all the people.”

Thanai Tyeprayun (65)

“I don’t know how to explain this. He is like everything in my life. I will always remember him as the King for the rest of my life. He will forever be my King.”

Somporn Inton (64)

“Although he may not be with us physically anymore, I feel he will always protect us. So, when I think of him, I feel happiness rush through my whole body. When I think of him, I think of how he had made his people happy and we lived in peace and harmony throughout his reign.”

Mariam Pannoppa (57)

“I still think about him every day for the past year. I think it will continue to be that way for a very long time. I remember him for his kindness towards all the people. I remember him for what he did for the people. He is truly the people’s King.”


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