Remembering the King

Remembering the King

13th October 2016 was a devastating date for Thailand as they lost their longest reigning monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, often referred to as ‘The Great’ was born in Massachusetts, USA in 1927. His reign last over 70 years which makes him one of the longest reigning monarchs of all time.  The King popularity is unmatched in Thai culture and this was exemplified at his death as the whole country came to a stop over the weeks and months. The King is due to be cremated on 26th October 2017 and Thai authorities have granted a $90 million funeral in Sanam Luang.  

Since their tragic loss, Thailand has paid its respects to the King with mourning periods, minute silences and black and white clothing. The 2017 mourning period is expected to last until 29th October. During this time, flags will be flown at half-mast and civil servants must wear black and white.  

Tourists must be aware that although the market is open, some Chatuchak Market and JJ Green vendors may not open their stores over the mourning period.  

We ask all visitors to Chatuchak Market and JJ Green Market to respect the Thai mourning period.  

Flickr: Dinhin Rakpong-Asoke