Armed Thai soldiers, foreground, walk past mourners standing in line to pay their respect to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
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Mourners lit candles and recited prayers before dawn Saturday outside Bangkok's riverside Grand Palace, where the remains of the king will lie for months before a traditional royal cremation, and thousands joined them during the morning.The world's longest-reigning monarch, King Bhumibol died Thursday in a Bangkok hospital, at the age of 88 .The king's remains were taken in a convoy Friday through Bangkok's ancient quarter to the Grand Palace, winding past thousands of Thais dressed in black, many of them holding aloft portraits of a monarch who was revered as a father figure.General Sansern Kaewkamnerd, a spokesman for the prime minister's office, said 30 bus routes and some canal boat services would be free to take people to Sanam Luang, an open area near the Grand Palace.The king had been in poor health the past several years and his death plunged the Southeast Asian nation of 67 million people into grief.Most Thais have known no other monarch and King Bhumibol's picture is hung in almost every house, school and office.
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