Contribute by Pimpaporn Suwatthigul
Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus
Sixty years ago on 9 June 1946, the 19-year old Prince Bhumibol ascended the throne after the tragic death of his brother, King Ananda. This brought significant changes to the young King. The first change was his education. H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej switched his field of study from science to political science and law when he returned to Lausanne, Switzerland. The other changes have been in his personal life.
His life was no longer for himself, but for his people. His Oath of Succession to the throne at the coronation on May 5, 1950: We will reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the Thai people, evidenced this. His activities since then have proved the truth of these words.
H.M. the King is the first Thai king to have visited all the provinces of the kingdom, especially those in the Northeastern Region which have the fewest natural resources. He has traveled by helicopter, jeep, train, boat or even on foot, if necessary. He continued in this way until recently. Now, however, his health no longer permits him to make such visit as he undertook in his younger days.
ข้อเขียนทั้งภาษาไทยและภาษาอังกฤษทุกเรื่องที่นำเสนอโดยมูลนิธิการศึกษาไทย-อเมริกัน (ฟุลไบรท์) ผู้สนใจสามารถจะนำไปใช้ประโยชน์ต่อการเรียนการสอนและกิจกรรมทางการศึกษาที่เกี่ยวข้องได้โดยขอความกรุณาอ้างอิงถึงแหล่งที่มาให้ชัดเจนด้วย
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