'Solar halo' seen as an auspicious sign

Pictures showing a rainbow-like halo around the sun above Bangkok were circulating on social media on Thursday.

The optical phenomenon caused by tiny ice crystals in clouds refracting light appeared shortly before noon and lasted for almost an hour.

It was clearly visible at Government House where officials and visitors took souvenir snapshots.

The sighting of the "solar halo" was regarded by many as auspicious in line with traditional Thai beliefs that it signified the light of victory and that the country would pass through a crisis.