Image of Asia: Praying for Thailand’s king
In this photo by Sakchai Lalit, a woman prays in front of flower garlands at the hospital where Thailand’s 86-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej is being treated after having his gallbladder removed. Garlands, especially of marigolds, are common spiritual offerings. Thais hold great affection for the world’s longest reigning monarch and revere him as a moral authority and unifying figure. He has faded from public life due to age-related ailments in recent years, and his health has raised concerns about what will happen in Thailand after his passing.