Mourning service for king

Members of Warrnambool’s Thai community will hold a mourning service on Monday to remember their king who died last week.

Seven monks will travel from Melbourne to conduct the service, in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which will be held at the Siamese Restaurant at 6.09pm.

Much loved: A mourning service will be held for King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Much loved: A mourning service will be held for King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Jan Vijarnpol, who works at the restaurant, said the service coincided with others being held across Thailand and the significance of the exact timing paid tribute to the country’s 9th king.

Restaurant owner Ronnie Knackstedt said the restaurant would close for the night and Warrnambool people were welcome to join Thai people at the event which would include prayers and singing. However, mourners are asked to wear black.

King Bhumibol was the world's longest-reigning monarch when died on Thursday, aged 88, after 70 years as head of state.

The king was widely revered and was seen as a stabilising figure in the country.

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