Things all Thais see: ‘The Camera, Map, and Pencil’

Things all Thais see

‘The Camera, Map, and Pencil’


From the photos of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s works, we might never noticed that there are 3 things that our “Father” always carried; his camera, map, and pencil. These things are the true reflection of his dedication and hard work that he has done for the people of Thailand.

The Legendary Camera 

No matter where the photos were taken, we always see His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej with his camera. From a hobby at his young age, taking photographs has become his working style. Besides pleasure, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej used his photographs to capture every little detail when he visited his people in various locations. His photos were also used to study and develop people’s wellbeing. We can see his passion in photography through his photos of art and His Majesty’s daily activities through the king’s lens.

Grab the Map

His Majesty always kept maps by his side. Wherever he went, he always brought the map with him. The maps helped His Majesty to see the big picture of each locality, which can then produce plans for land and other developments. Privy councilor Sawadi Wattanayakorn, who once wrote an article describing King Bhumibol as “the hardest-working monarch”, expressed that His Majesty was highly experienced with and always used the 1:50,000 scale maps to work on his projects which involved extremely comprehensive geographical details. This shows how truly dedicated he was to his people.

The Tiny Pencil

The King and his short and used-up pencils are also very common to the Thais. Besides his camera and maps, King Bhumibol always carried his tiny pencils to work with his maps. His pencils were simple wooden pencils with rubber on top which were claimed by His Majesty that they were easier to use than pens. His Majesty was very frugal that it’s been said that he used only 12 pencils per year and each pencil was used until it was too short to hold.

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