Philippine, Myanmar heads pay respect to King
published : 9 Nov 2016 at 18:15
updated: 9 Nov 2016 at 21:01
writer: Post reporters
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Myanmar President Htin Kyaw paid their respects to King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace on Wednesday.
Mr Duterte joined other mourners and paid his respects to King Bhumibol at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall inside the Grand Palace.
Mr Duterte said the Philippines and Thailand have a long relationship, and he praised the King for being a role model of virtue for people in the Philippines and other countries.
Myanmar President Htin Kyaw also paid his respects and signed a message of condolence for the passing of the King.
Myanmar President Htin Kyaw places a wreath of flowers for King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne. — EPA/Royal Household Bureau
Meanwhile, thousands of people queued at banks on Wednesday to get their hands on the 60-baht commemorative banknotes produced by the Bank of Thailand on the occasion of King Bhumibol turning 60 years old in 1987. These are available for exchange at commercial banks nationwide.
In provinces such as Nakhon Ratchasima, the banknotes were all exchanged in 20 minutes, while in Chai Nat, it took 40 minutes for the Government Savings Bank to give out 700 banknotes. Banks in provinces found demand was very high and they cleaned out their stock in less than two hours.
People show 60-baht commemorative banknotes at Government Savings Bank in Trat on Wednesday. (Photo by Jakkrit Waewkraihong)
People flock to a Krungthai Bank branch in Chai Nat to buy 60-baht commemorative banknotes. (Photo by Chudate Seehawong)