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The Passing of King Bhumibol

Thailand Public holiday observed in Thailand

December 5 commemorates the birthday of the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej
Phra Pradaeng river walk with the King Bhumibol Adulyadej mural

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This national holiday in Thailand is held annually on 13 October.

If 13 October falls on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

The day commemorates the death of the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej.

A moments silence will be held across the nation at 3.52pm to mark the exact time the monarch died at age 88, following years of poor health

History of King Bhumibol

Known as Rama IX, he reigned Thailand since 9 June 1946 until his death on 13 October 2016, making him the longest-reigning monarch ever in Thailand's history.

Despite being a constitutional monarch, and not legally being allowed a role in politics, Bhumibol made several decisive interventions in the Thai political sphere and has been credited with helping facilitate Thailand's transition to democracy in the 1990s.

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