Over 10,000 people who included local authorities, residents, and foreign tourists last night gathered at the famous Haad Rin beach in Koh Phangan island to hold a solemn and quiet Full Moon Party by lighting candles to pay tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The event was held under the theme Koh Phangan is the moon. The most beautiful in the world. For our King.
Surat Thani governor Auychai Inthanak and Koh Phangan district chief officer Krirkkrai Songthani joined local people, business operators and foreign tourists in the event to mourn the beloved King at 8.00 pm.
Koh Phangan has cancelled the holding of the Full Moon Party entertainment activities for October after the passing of the late King on October 13.
Yesterday was the first day when the island that holds the world's famous Full Moon Party for the whole October month resumed the Full Moon Party activities, but toned down the musics, and other entertainment activities.
It put off holding the Full Moon Party from the usual Loy Krathong Day to last night.
The event kicked off with religious ceremony in the morning as a merit-making for the late King.
They lighted candles and lined up together to form the Thai number 9 in remembrance and honour of the King. They also sang the Royal Anthem to honour the king.
The governor said Full Moon Party had been cancelled for a month but resumed again yesterday after business operators and local authorities have agreed to adapt the pattern of the party to suit the current mourning atmosphere.
Business operators agreed to tone down the music playing and to lower the sound.
He said business operators have earlier notified foreign tourists of the pattern of Full Moon Party at Haad Rin beach this year and they understood the situation.
He said a large numbers of tourists joined the candle lighting last night as the part was held under the theme Koh Phangan is the moon.The most beautiful in the world. For our King.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)