It’s clear that two years after his passing, the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej is still on our minds; Thais — constantly and woefully – lament his demise while simultaneously cherishing the memories of him. Although the Thai ancient belief in which kings are equal to supreme beings brought about the readiness of the kingdom to pay such high respect to the royals, the things the late king throughout his life did show a true devotion to his country.
Literally translated as “strength of the land or unmatchable power,” the late Bhumibol Adulyadej truly lived up to his name that boasts his kindness, dedication and commitment to developing the country through many of his royal projects —namely royal rain (the late Bhumibol Adulyadej was the mind behind artificial rain), moisture retention dams, Doi Inthanon, Doi Kham, the sufficiency economy, and the alternative energy plan. The late king Bhumibol Adulyadej, who we referred to as dad or Nai Luang, also won the hearts of Thai people through his passion and talented expertise in sports, music, photography and farming. So it’s not an overstatement to say that although the seven glorious decades with Rama IX have now passed, his attributes and the way he often braved the strong sun with sweat raining down his nose will be kept deep in our appreciative hearts forever.
And in order for us, Lifestyle Asia, to demonstrate our love and respect for our monarchy, we’ve curated these lovely, meaningful artworks by a selection of Thailand-based artists that will make you miss and cherish the man who unified and strengthened our nation even more.