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(CCTV News) Late King of Thailand oversaw widespread development during 70-year reign: King Bhumibol has died at age 88. His reign was marked by great change in Thailand, where the devotion of this Theravada Buddhist land remains a testament to his success.
(BBC/YouTube) Extended coverage of the death of revered Thai King Bhumibol [poo-me-POM]
|Was the king a demigod, a half-human/half-deva (semi-divine) hybrid ruler? (AFP/BBC)|
|Roi-et Buddhist Temple, Thailand (Sasin Tipchai/Bugphai/flickr.com)|
|Enjoy Thailand's beauty and avoid politics.|
The Thai government in the capital Bangkok has announced a one year period of mourning for the whole country. Flags are to fly at half-mast for 30 days and people are asked to avoid "joyful events."
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Western tourists are advised to behave respectfully to Thai customs and abide by local laws [in particular the anti-criticism of royals law: Friendly Thailand will imprison anyone who disrespects, criticizes, mocks, or questions the royal family or system]. More
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