Written by Staff Writer
He is described as “a blissfully mischievous yet full of life and soul man with an abnormally large capacity for fun,” according to his profile on the social video site TikTok . He is, also, “the Prince of Asia.”
That’s not it, however. “The most popular man on TikTok.”
According to the website, “Prince Kong” (when he’s in the correct spirit) has a whopping 91 million followers on the platform, which is owned by China’s Tencent and is the second-most popular social video website in the world, behind only South Korea’s KakaoTalk.
Even his pre-recorded Snapchat videos, the website claims, are viewed more than one billion times. Prince Kong’s face is often reduced to a stream of stickers and GIFs, as he poses with an animated tiger, bulldog and cucumber.
Not to mention the millions of people who follow Prince Kong’s social media posts around the world.
Born in Thailand in 1978, Prince Kong will soon turn 40 and has three children with his Thai wife. He speaks and reads English and frequently posts about the “weight” of his “huge arms” and the “fast-growing beard” he was blessed with.
“Other famous people in the Thai people I respect,” he writes. “These are Ms Pranee Sravanit from Cesca, both Ms Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Ms Lilibut Ngam from the Istanbul Police, Ms Hongmun Wang, Mr. Shunwin Hu of the Mt Mainmart Imperial” — and, of course, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand’s most loved monarch for more than 70 years.
This isn’t the first time King Bhumibol has been the star of a bizarre online obsession.
Earlier this year, many King Bhumibol lookalikes flooded social media and, for a while, many thought he had passed away.
Turns out he’s still alive, although in poor health, but he has not been seen for months. No one knows when he will make his appearance.