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Thailand invites everyone to contribute to people’s archive in remembrance of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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Thailand’s Ministry of Culture is inviting the local people and visitors to share photos and video clips to mark the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej from 13 October, 2016, onwards to be included in a memorial book titled “The People’s Archives” and a documentary “Forever in Thai Hearts”.

Photos can be uploaded to Facebook at pic.culture2559 or via the Line application (click here). Anyone submitting images needs to include the date, time and location where the picture was taken, as well as the owner’s name and contact details.

Joining the Ministry of Culture in this collective venture, H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “On behalf of the Thai people, we would like to preserve these historic memories via books and documentaries that tell the story from the point of view of the people. So we are asking Thais or visitors who have images or video clips of recent events to share them with us, so we can archive them or publish them as part of the historical record of Thailand.”

In addition, as a way of celebrating Thailand’s past and culture during this historical transition period, the Department of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture, is inviting all visitors to visit national museums and historical parks throughout Thailand with free admission from now until 31 January.

There are a total of 42 national museums throughout the country including Bangkok’s National Museum and the Museum of the Royal Barges, Ayutthaya’s Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, Chiang Mai National Museum, Nakhon Ratchasima’s Phimai National Museum, Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum, and Songkhla National Museum. Across the country, there are 10 historical parks, including in Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Buri Ram’s Phanom Rung Historical Park, and Kanchanaburi’s Mueang Sing Historical Park.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “Although this is a time of mourning for the Thai people, we feel that by opening up our historical parks and museums we encourage people to explore the many wonders the kingdom offers through the ages and show people how, over the centuries, we’ve united as a nation.”