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Old 12-03-2013, 08:43 PM
 
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:05 PM
 
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Yes I've heard a bit about it. In Thailand he really is everywhere, there are people who make a livelihood painting portraits of him (seriously). When I went to see a movie at a cinema everyone stood up for the national anthem and to pay respect to the king before the show.
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:41 AM
 
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We had the same experience at a movie theatre in Bangkok Postman. The King is genuinely adored in Thailand. My speculation is that he ties Thailand to its past and present. He doesn't get involved in petty politics and disputes from what I've heard and cares for the Thai people.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:08 AM
 
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We had the same experience at a movie theatre in Bangkok Postman. The King is genuinely adored in Thailand. My speculation is that he ties Thailand to its past and present. He doesn't get involved in petty politics and disputes from what I've heard and cares for the Thai people.
Yes, from what I've heard he seems a good guy, and pretty down with the 'common people.' Also responsible for quite a few good things. Nowadays he seems to spend more time at his coastal retreat in Hua Hin, which is fare enough since he's over 80.
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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I wouldn't say I'm the biggest fan of the "Father loves children" attitude that Thais have towards their King. It's one thing to respect royalty and another to have a cult of personality.

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Old 12-06-2013, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Macao
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When I went to see a movie at a cinema everyone stood up for the national anthem and to pay respect to the king before the show.
I had the same experience....but I was in the front rows, and had no idea people were standing up.

Someone starting lofting candies at me, which were bouncing off my shoulders and body. I shockingly looked back to see who was lofting those, only to see absolutely everyone standing and showing respect. I quickly did the same.
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I had the same experience....but I was in the front rows, and had no idea people were standing up.

Someone starting lofting candies at me, which were bouncing off my shoulders and body. I shockingly looked back to see who was lofting those, only to see absolutely everyone standing and showing respect. I quickly did the same.
Well lucky they were only candies...lol
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Jersey
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I had the same experience....but I was in the front rows, and had no idea people were standing up.

Someone starting lofting candies at me, which were bouncing off my shoulders and body. I shockingly looked back to see who was lofting those, only to see absolutely everyone standing and showing respect. I quickly did the same.
Why on earth would you do that? You are under no obligation to stand for their anthem or pay homage to their king.
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Why on earth would you do that? You are under no obligation to stand for their anthem or pay homage to their king.
I don't know if they have a law requiring that, but I know they have laws against disrespecting the king, which might even be saying a bad word about him in public or even private to anyone. Westerners have been imprisoned for saying unflattering things about the king in word or print. Either way, in their country you're subject to their laws, no matter how ridiculous or unfair you find them.
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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Why on earth would you do that? You are under no obligation to stand for their anthem or pay homage to their king.
You don't always know what the laws are in a country not yours. They do have laws in Thailand about disrespecting the King. We were moved by the little movie they played about the King prior to the movie as well as the obvious respect The Thai had for their King and we would have felt like we were disrespecting Thais if we didn't show respect.
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