Although the stamp of his upbringing is evident in everything he does, His Majesty’s ideas and ideals also reflect over 700 years of Thai history and cultural development. His views have been shaped by the gradual evolution of the concept of Kingship’s rights and responsibilities, tried and tested by centuries of challenges.
“Thailand today is one of the anchors of the modern, prosperous Southeast Asia. Bangkok has become one of the world’s great cities and commercial centres. Much of this extraordinary success is due to the wise guidance of King Bhumibol. The King has led by example. He has embodied the ten traditional moral principals of Buddhist kings: charity toward the poor; morality; sacrifice of personal interest; honesty; courtesy; self-restraint; tranquility of temperament; non-violence; patience; and impartiality in settling disputes. And he has led by action. Together, King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit have devoted decades to improving the lives of Thai people in rural and impoverished regions. They constantly travel the country’s 73 provinces, meeting with villagers and staying close to the people. The results are obvious in improved public health, the spread of education to all Thai children and the renewal of traditional crafts and textiles.”