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‘Thai Town’ Los Angeles mourns His Majesty

Posted by pakin On October - 14 - 2016

LOS ANGELES – Many residents of Los Angeles’ bustling Thai community on Thursday mourned the death of Thailand’s long-standing and widely adored leader, King Bhumibol.

In Southern California’s Thai Town and other Thai-majority areas, Stella Boonyawan grieved over the news outside the Wat Thai Temple in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley after praying for the late king.

“I just know that I loved my king, he is the king that helped everybody, helping the poor, everything, you know?” Boonyawan, a Thai expatriate, said. “You’ll never find a king like our Thai king, in the whole world. Our king (was) the best.”

Nikki Hwonsuwan, a waiter at the Thai Patio on Hollywood Blvd., the main thoroughfare through Thai Town, said she and her family were in mourning.

“My king passed away, so I was… so depressed,” she said. “I think it was the time that he needed to rest.”

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