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Thailand King



Thailand King

Bhumibol Adulyadej is the actual Thailand king, born on December 5, 1927 and also known as Rama IX. His reign began on June 9, 1946, being the monarch with the longest reign in the history of Thailand.


The monarch is so important for Thais that his illness affected the financial markets. Bhumibol was born in Cambridge, the United States, is the youngest sun of the Prince Mahidol Adulyadej and came to Thailand in 1928, after the prince Mahidol obtained a certificate in the public health program at the Harvard University.


For a short time he went to the Mater Dei school in Bangkok,


but in 1933 his mother took the family in Switzerland, where he continued the studies at Lausanne. His older brother, Phra Ong Chao Ananda Mahidol, became Thailand’s king in 1935. The family came in Thailand in 1938 for the Ananda Mahidol’s


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crowning but returned to Switzerland then. Bhumibol came to throne after hid brother’s death, at June 9, 1946. Ananda Mahidol died after a head wound from a gun while he was in his bedroom from the Bangkok Palace, in circumstances that remain mysterious even today. On October 4, 1948, while Bhumibol was driving a car on the Geneva-Lausanne road, he came in collision with a truck.


In accident, the king lost his right eye. On april 28, 1950, with one week before his crowning, he married with Sirikit Kitiyakara, the daughter of the Thai ambassador in Paris.


One of the king Bhumibol’s nephews, Bhumi Jensen was killed in the tsunami caused by the Indian Ocean earthquake in 2004. He was the sun of the princess Ubol Ratana. The respect gained by the Thailand king and the direct connection with the population gave the king the power to action as decisive mediator in times of urbane violence, like the students’ revolt from 1973 or the terrible politic confrontations from 1992, when he was forced to have a public appearance without precedent at television but which had as effect the agreement between the two adversary parts.


All his life, the king, with his wife and the other members of the family were present week by week in villages, cities, farms, schools, in the peasants’ homes, impelling to orient the agricultural work in modern directions, by applying the ecologic and scientific methods of cereals’ cultivation. It is an initiative that needed a colossal patience, time, vision, faith and abnegation. The king travelled from village to village, in the North tribes, encouraging the people to stop cultivating the opium and replace it with cereals seeds, vegetables or fruits. Also, he created and supported programs of improving the water’s resource.

Thailand King

The Thailand king doesn’t have the rigidity of the Japanese king, is interested in guns, paintings, writes jazz and designs boats. To criticise the king is punished by law, in Thailand, so don’t make jokes about his boats while you are there. Don’t make jokes about his photo cameras with which he appears in the street posters, too.



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