| Bangkok, Thailand | 13 Oct 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Sikhs in Thailand join fellow countrymen in mourning the death of beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, announced just hours ago today.
The King passed away at Siriraj Hospital at 3.52pm on Thursday, the Royal Household Bureau announced.
Sikhs in Thailand have been holding prayers for the King, including at the Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha in Bangkok.
“We’ve been holding prayers for the beloved King for some time now. We will be meeting tomorrow to discuss our next programme,” the gurdwara secretary Surinder Singh tells Asia Samachar.
“The King was loved by all,” said Jatinder Singh Uppal, a Melbourne-based Sikh businessman with a presence in Bangkok.
In a news report entitled ‘Thailand’s beloved King has passed away’ released today, Bangkok Post reported all royal family members were in attendance at the time when the King ‘passed away peacefully’ at Chalermphrakiet Building at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok.
His Majesty was 88 and would have turned 89 on Dec 5 this year, it added.
The ninth King of the Chakri Dynasty ascended to the throne on June 9, 1946 and was the world’s longest-reigning monarch. People across the country celebrated the 70th year of his accession to the throne this year, the report said.
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