BANGKOK – Thousands of people are gathering at Sanam Luang, outside Bangkok’s Grand Palace, on Saturday to sing the Royal Anthem of Thailand in memory of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The King died on Oct. 13, aged 88 years, at Siriraj Hospital in the Thai capital, where he had spent long periods of time due to poor health.
According to the Bangkok administration, up to 100,000 people are expected to attend the event during the day.
Strong security measures have been put in place to manage the flow of people.
The attendees, many of them carrying photographs of the revered ruler, will sing “Sansoen Phra Barami” (glorify his prestige) throughout the day.
The singing, which began at 1:00 p.m. and will go on until 10:00 p.m., is being filmed by Thai director Chatrichalerm Yukol while the music is being played by the Siam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Bhumibol, the world’s longest-serving monarch who ruled for seven decades, is the only king that most Thais have known and he was revered as a symbol of unity and guidance.