Around 30 Thai residents in Vanuatu and their friends met Monday night to remember King Bhumibol, Thailand’s reigning monarch who died on Thursday last week, October 13, 2016 at the age of 89 years.
They lit 89 candles representing inner peace for a life that has just passed, the King’s and performed chants.
The occasion was held at the Keson Thai Exotic Restaurant in Port Vila hosted by the longest resident Thai from the New Hebrides period to today Chintana T. Siruan Koyama and the restaurant.
The late King Bhumibol Aduyadej of Thailand reigned 70 years through an era of prosperity.
The King was deeply a revered figure whose unifying appeal stretched across the spectrum of Thai society from the rich urban elite to the poor provincial farmers from 1946 when he acceded to the throne to the present.
Over the decades, he worked to improve the lives of ordinary Thai through civic program, drawing on his engineering background to advice on projects like new irrigation system.