By The Nation
The “Long Live Our Beloved King” event, which opened on Friday (July 26), is being organised by Siam Piwat Group and Siam Paragon Development, inviting Thais to pay their respects to the beloved monarch.
The opening ceremony on Friday was attended by ambassadors U Myo Myint Than of Myanmar, Seng Soukhathivong of Laos, Emilio De Miguel Calabia of Spain, Ivo Sieber of Switzerland and Evgeny Tomikhinand of Russia, besides representatives from various countries. Also joining the inauguration were Siam Paragon executive Mayuree Chaipromprasith and socialites ML Chantaraladda Yugala Uboldejpracharak and Sopitnapa Chumpanee.
The exhibition of HM King Rama X’s portraits cover a wide range of his royal duties in different fields, including military, sport, agriculture, education, social, medical and healthcare.
Led by renowned artist Roengsak Boonyawanichkul, groups of volunteer artists from Silpakorn University’s Painting Department, both current and alumni, together created the King’s portraits.The exhibition runs until July 28 at Parc Paragon, Siam Paragon. The cultural performances will be held from 4 to 8.30pm.
A beautiful Guzheng performance, “Spring”, by Master Lee Yang from China, a Taiko drum performance from Japan, and classical Thai dance performances by actress Bella Ranee Campen marked the grand opening. Bella performed the “Gold and Silver Branch” dance wearing elaborate traditional Thai costumes and extravagant vintage gold accessories representing four regions of the country's rich cultural heritage. They included drum performance Klong Sabatchai from the North, two from the Northeast – a spirit worship show Phi Ta Khon and a peacock dance Taree Bu-ngha, a Norah dance from the South, and the Gold and Silver Branch dance from the Central region. The free public event is a great opportunity for locals and visitors from around the world to celebrate this auspicious occasion and enjoy the rich cultural experience.
The candle blessing ceremony for the King’s birthday on July 28 will be held at 7.19pm, also at Parc Paragon.