Friday, October 14, 2016

Thailand as we know it ends with king (video)

Editors, Wisdom Quarterly; CCTV (video);; Al Jazeera English

I'm not ready yet: Prince Vajiralongkorn
Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, the questionable son of beloved King Bhumibol, has asked to be allowed to delay ascending to the throne to, he says, observe a period of mourning following the death of his father, modern Thailand's great Buddhist leader, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

It was expected that the interim parliament would announce Prince Vajiralongkorn's elevation imminently, but Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the crown prince will occupy the throne when he is ready to do so. From the Grand Palace in Bangkok, CCTV's Tony Cheng has this report.

(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.
What should tourists do in Thailand?
(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/
Enjoy Thailand's beauty and avoid politics.
(BBC) As Thailand is plunged into official mourning by the death of their much-loved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, here's what tourists visiting the popular holiday destination need to know.
Our correspondents say that while Thailand is unlikely to face any immediate disruption or political upheaval, along with the sun cream and guidebooks it is more important than ever to pack a little cultural sensitivity.
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."

What to wear?
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

(AJ) Thailand's venerated King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has died at the age of 88, the palace has announced, 10-13-16.

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