There is no one in the history of the Kingdom of Thailand that has done so much to enhance the well-being of the Thai people as His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, also known as Rama IX. He has initiated thousands of development projects that have greatly benefited the people, his children and the country.
“We shall reign with righteousness for the benefits and happiness of the Siamese people.”
This declaration, spoken at his coronation ceremony was his first public pledge to promote the welfare of all
his subjects. Throughout his 70-year reign he has certainly fulfilled this promise. In the early years His Majesty
was inspired by the example of his parents in working diligently to improve the lives of all the Thai people.
Although most of his childhood was spent in the West, he was taught to be aware of his roots and his debt to the
motherland. This attitude formed a solid foundation for his deep understanding of the Thai people and society.
You will find it very difficult to find a home that does not have the portraits of His Majesty and other members of
the Royal Family, and every Thai citizen is well aware and certainly proud of His Majesty’s achievements, that
might not be the case with some foreigners living in Thailand and Satayu Publishing would like to publish this
article so that foreigners have a better understanding of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej also known as
the father of our nation. This article is written with a heavy heart and we together with the whole of the Kingdom
of Thailand are in mourning as our beloved His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away on October
Right at the beginning of his reign His Majesty made many visits to countryside areas throughout Thailand.
Together with Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, His Majesty would first visit the least developed areas of the country to
see how the local people lived. The royal couple journeyed to each corner of the country, visiting villagers and
learning of their living conditions, problems and finding their real needs at first hand.
His Majesty would then conceive projects and plans to answer their troubles and improve their condition. The
pictures of His Majesty sitting on the ground or standing shoulder to shoulder with his loyal subjects, engaged
in conversation, has become a familiar sight that touched the hearts of all Thai people.
To His Majesty, the people’s problems were also his, and so he continued conscientiously to make their lives
better. It is for that reason the people proclaimed their King “Father of the Nation” and the monarchy has become
a rock solid institution, loved, cherished and respected by all the Thai people.