BANGKOK: Hundreds are gathering outside Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok where King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has been treated for various health problems for months.
They are praying for his recovery and showing him their love and support. Many people have been sitting on the ground and saying prayers since the early hours of the morning.
Those who cannot make it to the hospital have opted to use social media to express their love for the ailing king.
Many Facebook users have changed their profile photo to feature a message with their name followed by "Love the King" and "Long live the King". The message is written in Thai on a pink background and includes a yellow heart, where the word "love" is placed.
Many Thais have changed their Facebook profile photos into a message to express their love for King Bhumibol.
Yellow has long been associated with King Bhumibol and his birthday, and is used by many Thais to show their respect for the monarch.
Besides the message, information about praying activities elsewhere is being widely shared on social media, as are old and rare photos of King Bhumibol, from his childhood to his coronation, various trips to the provinces and foreign countries, and other activities he has carried out during his reign.
On Wednesday (Oct 12), Thais were shaken after Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha cut short his visit to Chonburi for an urgent matter in the capital. It was later clarified that he returned to Bangkok to welcome Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, who returned from abroad.
On Wednesday evening, the Royal Household Bureau said the king's overall condition remains unstable and that his liver is not functioning normally. His blood test also showed signs of infection, and his pulse has quickened.
The King's children, including Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, Princess Ubol Ratana, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Princess Chulabhorn Walailak, visited him in hospital on Wednesday.