AP PHOTOS: Thailand says farewell to king, father figure

October 27, 2017

Thai mourners stand in a line to pay respect to a portrait of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in a replica of the royal crematorium in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Tearful Thais clad in black mourned on Bangkok's streets or at viewing areas around the nation Thursday as elaborate funeral ceremonies steeped in centuries of royal tradition were held for King Bhumibol Adulyadej following a year of mourning. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

When King Bhumibol Adulyadej died last October, Thailand began a year of mourning, a national outpouring of grief capped Thursday by funeral ceremonies steeped in centuries of tradition.

Many Thais loved the 88-year-old Bhumibol as a father, and the ceremonies were viewed by tens of thousands of mourners dressed all in black who thronged the streets of Bangkok, and by millions more across the kingdom who watched live on TV.

Here’s a collection of images chronicling the observances.


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