King Bhumibol Adulyadej or King Rama IX has done much for his people.
He is endowed with grace and admirable manners and he uses the Ten-Fold Virtues as guidelines in leading
his life and working for the nation. From the beginning of his reign to the present time, he has shown his compassion for and deep rapport with his people from all walks of life across the country.
His people’s troubles are treated as if they were his own.
He has initiated a number of royal development projects to help free people from
deprivation so that they are able to maintain their sustainable living condition.
His deeds have proven that he has put into practice his inaugural speech given at
the Coronation Ceremony in the Paisan Taksin Throne Hall in the Grand Palace on May 5th, 1950;
We shall reign with righteousness for the benefits and happiness of the Siamese people.
Short as it is, the royal oath suggests a deeper meaning, showing his determination to
devote himself, physically and mentally, to work that will bring about happiness and peace to
the whole nation. His visits to different regions have exposed him to the true living
conditions and problems of his people. He considers it important to develop the country in all areas so
that it can keep abreast of other countries and to raise the standard of living of the people.
Once he stated, çMost Thais are still living in poverty.é Acknowledging that the people’s
potential enemy is poverty, he has taken it as his responsibility to protect them from this
He has conducted tests and experiments as well as having launched pilot projects before
establishing any royal development projects and has made sure thereare regular follow-ups.
His speeches and addresses given on important occasions can be taken as valuable lessons
appropriate to the time and beneficial to those who know how to apply them to their way of
An example is his lesson on how people should learn to live a moderate life according to the
philosophy of sufficiency economy, making them understand that development theory should co-
exist with natural principles and the principle of sustainable development,
which is a universally adopted development guideline in manycountries now.
In his childhood Somdetch Phra Srinagarindra Borom Ratchchonni, H.R.H. the Princess Mother, had
to take full responsibility in caring all her three children. What made her different from
other mothers was that two children under her care grew up to become kings and thus she
had to be more assiduous in her taking care of and training her children.
The Princess Mother encouraged her children to express their creativity. One example is
when she taught them about how to use maps. She asked the School of Crafts
(Poh Chang School) to make jigsaw sets of the map of Thailand for her children. These jigsaw
sets introduced them to geographical locations and taught them how to use maps. It was
evident that the Princess Mother’s creative way of child rearing and her moral principles
played an important role in forming her children’s habits and behaviour. Her love for photography and
filming was instilled in the present King when he was young. His upbringing is evident wherever
he goes since he will be equipped with maps, cameras and pencils with erasers so that he can
take notes or write down what he has seen on the maps in the same way his mother did. One
time when he was working in a place somewhere in the mountains and the place was indicated in
the map of the Royal Thai Survey Department as a stream. This made it seem like
the stream was flowing upwards. He made a remark to the survey officials and a survey was
then carried out and found the mistake made by previous surveyors. The Royal Thai Survey
Department held his comment in high esteem and in writing it honoured him as a skilful
During her life time, the Princess Mother extended her kindness to deprived people by
visiting them in remote and rugged areas. She also showed her concern for the border police
and military units stationed on the borders. The King has followed in his mother’s footsteps by
visiting all parts of the country. He has braved harsh weather conditions to survey areas in
order to acquire the guidelines for launching his royal development projects. He has also
taken the trouble to visit the project sites to assess their development and progress.
Many times when the country has had to face social, economic or political crises, the King has
given advice, based on Buddhist Teachings, as guidelines for people from all social levels in
solving problems and leading their lives in peace. His advice involves trustworthiness, self-
control, tolerance, endurance, saving, avoidance of evil deeds, maintaining unity, searching
for knowledge and perseverance. ways to save them from natural and economic damage or
misunderstanding in the country.
He is more than the caring father to his people, protecting them from harm and finding
ways to save them from natural and economic damage or misunderstanding in the country.
A study of documents and information shows that the King’s work is based on thefollowing
Studying problems and information thoroughly,
Working and relying on academic principles,
Experimenting, researching, disseminating, expanding and developing the experiment
and research results,
Relying on the principle of nature and simple work methods,
Applying language competency to work,
Using strategies in giving guidelines and initiatives,
Encouraging public participation and self-reliance,
Creating work motivation,
Choosing appropriate means and methods,
Disseminating knowledge, creating understanding and giving examples,
Operating work in full-cycle,
Carrying out, supervising and assessing the work continually by himself.
The work of the King is a testimony to his determination, relentless efforts and unsurpassable
talent. He has a serious intent to work for the public benefit. His love and kindness for his
people is fully realized by his subjects who appreciate his devotion to the good of the country
without expecting anything in return. His earnest wish is to see them live in happiness, love,
peace and unity.
Office of His Majestyûs Principal Private Secretary. Illustrated Handbook of Major Events in
Rattanakosin Bicentennial. Bangkok: Bangkok Publishing, 1982.
Office of the Council of the Rajabhat Institutes. His Majesty the King: the Countryûs
Management Expert. Bangkok: Amarin Printing and Publishing, 2001.
Office of the Royal Development Projects Board. Concepts and Theories of His Majesty the King
on Development. Bangkok: 21 Century, 1997.
________. The RDPB during the Twenty Years under the Aegis of King Bhumibol. Bangkok:
Sri Muang Publishing, 2001.
________. Fifty Years of Development under the Royal Development Projects Initiated by His
Majesty the King. Bangkok: O.S. Printing House, 1995.