The King of Siam is Dead - Thailand mourns their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch

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    Oct 13, 2016 11:14 PM GMT
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37650415The people of Thailand are mourning the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, their head of state for 70 years and the world's longest-reigning monarch.

    An emotional crowd held a late-night vigil in Bangkok for the king, who died on Thursday aged 88.

    His body is to be moved to the city's Emerald Temple later on Friday. The official mourning will last a year.

    Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is to be the new monarch, but has asked for a delay before taking over the role.

    Flags are to fly at half-mast for 30 days and the government has asked for "joyful events" to be halted for 30 days....

    King Bhumibol was seen as a stabilising figure in a country hit by cycles of political turmoil and coups.

    He was widely respected across Thailand, and thought of by many as semi-divine.

    He had been ill for a long time. When news of his death was announced on Thursday evening, many in the large crowds outside the hospital where he died broke down.

    The BBC's Jonah Fisher in Bangkok says the king was Thailand's father figure, a beacon of stability in a divided and worried country. A more uncertain era has begun, he adds.

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    Oct 13, 2016 11:28 PM GMT
    The Emerald Temple
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Phra_KaewWat Phra Kaew (Thai: วัดพระแก้ว, rtgs: Wat Phra Kaeo, IPA: [wát pʰráʔ kɛ̂ːw], Pronunciation, English: Temple of the Emerald Buddha; full official name Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram, Thai: วัดพระศรีรัตนศาสดาราม, IPA: [wát pʰráʔ sǐː rát.ta.náʔ sàːt.sa.daː.raːm]) is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand.

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    Oct 13, 2016 11:35 PM GMT
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_BuddhaThe Emerald Buddha (Thai: พระแก้วมรกต Phra Kaeo Morakot, or พระพุทธมหามณีรัตนปฏิมากร Phra Phuttha Maha Mani Rattana Patimakon) is considered the palladium of the Kingdom of Thailand.[1][2] It is a figurine of the meditating Buddha seated in yogic posture, made of a semi-precious green stone (jade or jasper rather than emerald), clothed in gold,[3] and about 26 inches (66 cm) tall.[4] It is housed in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

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    Oct 14, 2016 10:22 AM GMT
    INCREDIBLE ARCHITECTURE! ALMOST TAKEN OUT OF A DREAM!
    ATTUNE WITH NATURE, BUDDHISM, & NATINAL IDENTITY
    SURREAL MARRIAGE OF APULENCE AND AESTHETIC APPEAL:-)
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    Oct 14, 2016 10:46 AM GMT
    In fact, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is now the world's longest reigning monarchs.
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    Oct 14, 2016 2:55 PM GMT
    DannyLugo saidINCREDIBLE ARCHITECTURE! ALMOST TAKEN OUT OF A DREAM!
    ATTUNE WITH NATURE, BUDDHISM, & NATINAL IDENTITY
    SURREAL MARRIAGE OF APULENCE AND AESTHETIC APPEAL:-)


    agreed. I happen to be an Asian-phile though. The people, their thinking, the culture, the food, the art, the architecture. I love it. Also I'm a student of Buddhism, not Theravada as practiced in Thailand but Dzogchen which ties even closer to your comment of taken out of a dream. The Tibetan Buddhists for instance have systematically studied dream yoga for about 2000 years already while western science started having a look in just these generations.

    Here's another spectacular example you might enjoy of Thai architecture honoring the Buddha, speaking of out of a dream...

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    Oct 14, 2016 8:53 PM GMT
    LOL:-)!!! THANKZ A TRILLI 4 SHARING!!!
    I also have deep interest in all art from foreign cultures, architecture, and religion:-) My favorite book is D Bhagavad Gita which I am never without. I have 1 in my car & 2 in my room. I believe I have understood its meaning. Building plans 4 temples adhere 2 the teachings of D Buddha like European cathedrals to Christianity by using sacred geometry. It's all reminiscent of King Ludwig's castles in Bavaria. Funny, his nickname was The Dream King! Similar also to Russia's Church on the spilled blood and St. Basil's Chathedral icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 14, 2016 9:06 PM GMT
    Played Sir Edward in K & I....rip