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Portraits of Thailand's late king fly off shelves

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>> Keeping the memory alive in Thailand, days after his death, not only have portraits of the late King Bhumibol stayed up around the capital city, Bangkok. The people are rushing to buy more. And with some suppliers reporting demand up by 80%, shops are struggling to keep up.>>
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> We've turned this into a project for our whole university. We're doing our best so the public will know how much we love him.
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>> We're running out, and it's going to take time to get more, because some of the materials have to be ordered specially.>> But vendors say so far, nobody has asked for pictures of his son and successor.>> I'm Amy in Bangkok's old quarter, which has shops like this one behind me, selling portraits of late king Bhumibol Adulyadej.
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His portrait hangs in many shops, homes, and government offices, and schools. The vendors here telling me, that the portrait of his successor, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, have yet to be put up. As the country goes through a year long mourning period.>> The Crown Prince, has yet to enjoy the same devotion as his father.
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Who was seen as a pillar of stability, in a country shaken by years of political chaos. His death leaving many uncertain about the future.>>
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>> Outside the markets, art students are trying their hand at their own portraits. These showing the king at some of his favorite hobbies.>>
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>> Government officials have given the green light for Thai's to keep the king's portrait up. Although, they say, some of the protocol around paying respects to his image will change. Like the saying, long live the king.