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Thais in Seoul Mark National Day on Dec. 5
Amb. Vasin Teeravechyan of Thai Embassy in Seoul (third from right) poses with Minister Kim Geun-Tae of Health and Welfare Ministry, and other guests.

Thai nationals residing in Korea celebrated their National Day as well as the 78th birthday anniversary of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej in a gala reception held at Millenium Hilton Seoul Hotel on Dec. 5, 2005.

Amb. Vasin Teeravechyan of Thailand hosted the function which was attended by more than 500 well-wishers including members of the foreign diplomatic community in Korea. and Minister of Health and Welfare Kim Geun-tae. one of the presidential hopefuls for 2007 Korean presidential election on the ruling party ticket.

Among other guests on hand included Amb. Reda El-Taify of Egypt, Amb. Ahmed S. Al-Middhadi of Qatar, and Amb. Rabah Hadid of Algeria.

"It is my understanding that this year is considered momentous for the whole Thai nation because it is the 60 anniversary of His Majesty King's ascession to the throne, making him the longest reigning monarch in the world history," said Minister Kim.

British Ambassador to Seoul Warwick Morris (left) and Mrs. Morris poses with Mr. Holger Hirle, general manager of Imperial Palace Hotel.

King Bhumibol, also known as King Rama IX of Thailand, began his reign on June 9, 1946, a few months short of his 19th birthday.

Considered as the "father of all Thai people," King Bhumibol has been deeply admired and respected by Thai nationals because of his hands-on approach in helping the country's rural poor.

He also continues to play a central role in addressing a variety of national and social development concerns. The Thai National Day, which is also the King's birthday, is highlighted in Bangkok's Sanam Luang where a free concert is held, with artistes often performing compositions of King Bhumibol himself who is an accomplished jazz musician and composer.

Mr. Min Byung-Il, Korea correspondent for Emirates News Agency, poses with Ibrahim Almansouri, minister counsellor of UAE Embassy in Seoul.

A week ago, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Korea invited a group of leading Korean tour operators to a special presentation session held at Royal Hotel in downtown Seoul to introduce "Thailand Grand Invitation" campaign to be launched next year as part of programs to celebrate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty's accession to the throne.

TAT is putting together a series of "Greatest Special Events" featuring a celebration of music, culture and arts festivals, plus sports competitions, to be held nationwide and all through the year. These events will honor the life and times of His Majesty and all that he has done for the people of Thailand.

All of Thailand's many national and cultural events will take on a royal flavor, with everything being done in the same colorful style and flair.

Ms. Diane Cha, president of InTruFriend (right) poses with Mr. Abdelkader Jaouhar, 1st counsellor & deputy head of mission of Moroccan Embassy and his wife.

TAT will come out with a variety of promotion plans here to explore new market segments of health and silver generation-related tourism markets in Korea, said TAT Seoul Regional Director Sasi-Apha Sukontarat .






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