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Jakarta Post

Thai community celebrates King's birthday with joy

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 5 2009   /  01:40 pm

Members of the Thai community in Indonesia celebrated Friday evening the 82nd birthday of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej with great joy at the Hotel InterContinental in Jakarta. Thai Ambassador to Indonesia Akrasid Amatayakul personally received all the guests in the traditional Thai way. Every guest was given a beautiful orchid at the entrance. "The Thai way of welcoming guests is unique," one European diplomat said. King Bhumibol was born on Dec. 5, 1927, and remains the longest-reigning monarch in the world. He is presently undergoing medical treatment for respiratory problems. In his speech, Ambassador Akrasid explained the king's popularity in Thailand. "King Bhumibol is the most popular figure in Thailand. Let's pray for our king's health and happiness," Akrasid said. King Bhumibol visited Indonesia in February 1960 at the invitation of then president Su...