Park alight for His Majesty

Art December 04, 2012 00:00

By The Nation

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The open-air amphitheatre in Benjakiti Park by the Queen Sirikit Convention Centre will come alive tomorrow through Friday with the colourful light-and-sound show "The Prestige of Our Beloved King" in celebration of His Majesty's birthday.

The Finance Ministry and private sector are co-hosting the triple event, also intended to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s 80th birthday and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 60th birthday this past summer.

The Thai number 9 is the show’s central symbol, a homophone for the Thai word meaning “stepping forward” that is also closely associated with the King. His Majesty ascended to the throne on June 9, 1946 (2489 in the Buddhist Era), and is the ninth monarch of the Chakri dynasty.
The highlights include a candlelit ceremony for the public to offer felicitations to His Majesty while singing the royal hymn “Sadudi Maha Raja”. Identical ceremonies will take place simultaneously in all provinces tomorrow starting at 7.29pm.
In Benjakiti Park it will be followed by the water-light-sound spectacle “King of Water”, which depicts His Majesty’s talent for managing the country’s water resources.
The Royal Thai Navy’s 30-member orchestra will accompany celebrated singer Rudklao Amaradit in performing a selection of royal compositions.
Next, “His Majesty’s Garden of Light” will fill the park with a luminous display of sculptural lighting. Viewers will be able to pick out golden congratulatory rabbits, the royal rain project, the sailboat crafted by the King, and a glittering saxophone of the type he plays. 
Each evening culminates in an extravagant fireworks show.
Sheer spectacle
Witness "The Prestige of Our Beloved King" in Benjakiti Park tomorrow from 6 to 10.30pm or Thursday or Friday from 7 to 9. There is no admission charge.