Thailand still mourning late king

Thai mourners hold a massive candlelight vigil to pay tribute to late king Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away on October 13.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Hundreds of Thai mourners, nurses and medical officials joined in a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to late king Bhumibol Adulyadej on Wednesday (Nov 30).

The candlelight vigil is one of the many that have taken place throughout Bangkok and across the country since the late king had passed away on Oct 13.

The event on Wednesday was observed with 89 seconds of silence and was followed by people singing songs, including the King's Anthem.

The silence was 89 seconds long as it is the age King Bhumibol would have turned on Dec 5 and is a special number as it ends in nine.

Many of the mourners said they still feel a big loss even after almost 50 days since his death.

"For the past 70 years of his reign, people of both young and old would always have a place for him in their hearts," said 55-year old Anon Poungtubtim, a mourner at the vigil.

Another mourner, Pattira Nonnil, 53, said that King Bhumibol loved all Thais around the world, no matter where they were.

"There is no other king in this world that worked this hard for his people and holds the unity of the entire nation. Thais loved the king with their lives," she said.

The death of the much loved King Bhumibol plunged the Southeast Asian nation into mourning. Most Thais have known no other monarch.

King Bhumibol, who was the longest-serving head of state in the world when he died at the age of 88, played a stabilizing role during decades of often violent conflict in Thailand.