Hollywood heart-throb Richard Gere paid tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Thai Buddha Gaya temple in India on January 8.
According to a posting on the Facebook page of Wat Thai Kusinarachalermrath, Richard Gere, during his visit to India to pay respect to the Dalai Lama, paid a courtesy call on Phra Dhambhodiwong, abbot of Wat Thai Buddha Gaya, whom he held in reverence.
The Holllywood actor, a devoted Buddhist, also participated in a praying session held at the temple to pay tribute to the late King Bhumibol. He presided over a candle-lighting ritual to pay respect to the image of the Lord Buddha.
In his address in honour to the late King, he praised the late King Bhumibol for being a devoted Buddhist, a highly capable king who initiated more than 4,000 Royally-sponsored projects to improve the livelihood of his subjects and the hardest-working monarch in the world during his 70-year reign.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)