To ensure smooth visiting conditions for mourners paying respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, strict regulations have been put in place by the government. According to the National News Bureau Of Thailand, street vendors have been prohibited from selling their products in areas around the Grand Palace. All street vendors and peddlers have been relocated to outside areas surrounding the Grand Palace, while police patrols will strictly enforce the ruling with violators being immediately prosecuted.
For safety measures, CCTVs have been connected and the authorities are on high alert for criminals in the general area. Prosecution of violators will also extend to public transport operators who overcharge mourners. Food distribution will continue until 8 p.m. for mourners, while drinking water can be distributed around the clock, according to Bangkok Deputy Governor.
The Throne Hall in the Grand Palace will be opened from Saturday to all mourners. However, the government decided to restrict the total number of visitors per day who wants to pay their respect to the late King. About 10,000 people a day will be allowed to pay respects in the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace. The hall will be open from 8am to 9pm, except during royal merit-making ceremonies.
A strict dress code will be enforced: Women must wear dresses or skirts that extend below the knees and are advised to wear stockings. No denim or sleeveless outfits are allowed. Men are asked to refrain from denim and T-shirts. Black ties are advised. No flip-flops are allowed.
The Bangkok Post reported that from October 14 to October 23, a total of 2.94 million people outside Bangkok took part in activities held in honour of the late King, according to the Ministry of Interior. The Metropolitan Police Bureau said about 980,000 mourners visited the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang in the same period.