Russian tourists Artyom and Anastasia said they came to Thailand on Father’s Day in 2010 and the image of the Thai people lining the streets to welcome King Bhumibol Adulyadej on his birthday stuck in their minds.
But their return to Thailand this year was different, Artyom and Anastasia, both artists, were approached by Thai reporters when they camped overnight outside the Grand Palace on Saturday, wearing black.
“On that day, Sanam Luang had a Thai concert. People gathered to light candles for HM the King in the evening. It was such a beautiful image, but today that image has become the past.” Artyom said, according to a translated report by Sanook.
Artyom said that they could feel the sadness that has conquered the nation and he was informed of the news by other foreigners at Lumpini Park. They decided to visit the Grand Palace on Friday and on Saturday, where they stayed out overnight.
During the time spent around the Thai people who are deeply in mourning, Artyom said he was impressed by the kindness and unity of the Thai people.
“Whether they are here to pay respect to the king’s body or to volunteer and facilitate other people, everyone seems like brothers and and sisters. They are family,” Artyom said.
“We feel that this friendship and kindness will help nourish our world in the future.”