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Thai Embassy in Seoul Hosts Reception on Occasion of King's 80th Birthday
Thai Ambassador to Seoul Vasin Teeravechyan and other foreign envoys join in a birthday cake cutting ceremony at the King Day reception,

Thai Ambassador to Seoul Vasin Teeravechyan hosted a lavish reception at Hotel Lotte on Dec. 5, 2007 to celebrate King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 80th birthday.

More than 300 well-wishers including members of foreign diplomatic corps in Seoul joined the function to congratulate the Thai government and people the auspicious day and wished them success and prosperity.


King Bhumibol, who with 61 years on the throne, is the world's longest-reigning monarch. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday expressed felicitations to Thai Prime Minister Surayut Chulanon on the country's National Day.

In his message, Thai envoy expressed hope that Seoul-Bangkok cooperation would receive a further boost in line with the two nations' mutual interests.

Thai students are taught that respect for the king, patriotism and religious devotion are closely intertwined, giving him an almost divine status in Thai society.

In Bangkok, more than 100,000 people lined the streets around Bangkok's glittering Grand Palace on Dec.5 to cheer Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej as he celebrated his 80th birthday.

The crowds dressed in yellow shirts and waving flags emblazoned with a royal emblem lined the broad tree-lined avenues leading to the palace, as the king drove by in a pale yellow Rolls Royce.

Yellow is the color that Thais associate with Mondays, the day of the week when the king was born.

Millions of people across the country have worn yellow shirts every Monday since last year, when the king marked his 60th year on the throne as the world's longest-serving monarch.

Many people on the streets also wore pink to symbolize their wish for the king's good health, inspired by a pink blazer worn by the king as he was discharged from a hospital last month after nearly four weeks in bed to treat problems with the blood flow to his brain.

The king's motorcade drove him through a five-kilometer stretch of Bangkok's historic district to the Grand Palace, a sprawling compound of gilded castles and temples on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

Police said more than 100,000 people lined the streets, while 20,000 of the nation's elite gathered inside the palace compound where the king sat on the balcony of his throne hall, dressed in full regalia, before members of his family, senior government officials and all of the military's top brass.

After a 21-gun salute, the nation's top government officials and the king's only son Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn delivered speeches praising the monarch's work to develop the country.

In brief remarks to the crowd, the king read prepared remarks to thank his supporters and to call for national unity in the wake of last year's military coup, which toppled the elected government of prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

'I am delighted, and I appreciate that all of you have come to wish me happy birthday. I thank you all for your well-intended birthday wishes,' he said.

'Our country will be peaceful and stable, with all key institutions working harmoniously and complementing each other, with full awareness of their duty to each individual person,' he said.

'Then our country will become prosperous, stable and developed,' he said, echoing remarks he made in a speech to the nation the night before.

King Bhumibol also addressed his recent penchant for wearing bright blazers.

He has stepped out in pink, baby blue, light green, lavender, red, and other bright sport coats.

Each outing has set instant colour trends among his devoted subjects.

'Wearing a uniform all the time is boring,' he said, adding that there was no reason for an old man to dress in dark suits.
'I never thought I would live to be 80. We are old now. I don't want to dress boring.'

The prince and heir apparent, who was once described by the queen as 'a bit of a Don Juan,' told his father that he would walk a narrow path and fulfill his duties.

'I would like to make an oath, in all sincerity, to promise that I will be honest, restrained and determined to carry out my duties,' he said.

'I will refrain from things that should be avoided,' he added.

King Bhumibol is the only monarch most Thais can remember, making him a rare figure of unity in a nation that has seen 20 prime ministers, 16 constitutions and more than a dozen coups during his reign.

Students are taught that respect for the king, patriotism and religious devotion are closely intertwined, giving him an almost divine status in Thai society.

People began filling the sidewalks before dawn to stake out choice positions to catch a glimpse of the king as he passed in his motorcade.

A group of about 1,000 Myanmar migrant workers were among them, travelling from a border province in hopes of seeing the king.

'I am glad to be here so I can pay respect to him. I love the king, too,' said Ying Yawadi, one of the workers.
Dee Thuanmuanwai, a 72-year-old from the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, travelled through the night to claim a spot on the sidewalk at 5.00 am.
'I am so overwhelmed to see him. My days are numbered, with not much time left in life, but I wish him a long life,' Mr Dee said.




 

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