Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is revered as a unifying figure. Photo: AFPThailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is revered as a unifying figure. Photo: AFP
Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is revered as a unifying figure. Photo: AFP

Long live the king: As Thai monarch turns 88, an auspicious number in Chinese culture, uncertainty surrounds succession

Due to the country’s increasingly strict lese-majeste laws, discussions of the king’s health and issues surrounding the royal succession are taboo in Thailand.

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is revered as a unifying figure. Photo: AFPThailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is revered as a unifying figure. Photo: AFP
Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is revered as a unifying figure. Photo: AFP
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