Grand Palace Area to be Closed for Royal Cremation Late October

Royal cremation ceremonies for H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej are scheduled for October 25-29 with the cremation itself to be held on Thursday Oct 26, which has been declared a public holiday. Consequently, the area around Sanam Luang, the Royal Field in front of the Grand Palace, will be closed to the public while visits to the Grand Palace will be cancelled.

Royal cremation ceremonies for H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej are scheduled for Oct 25-29 with the cremation proper to be held on Thursday Oct 26, which has been declared a public holiday.

Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Tuesday the cabinet had acknowledged the five-day ceremony and approved Oct 26 as a public holiday to allow the people to take part.

On October 25, a royal merit-making rite will be held to mark the start of the royal cremation ceremonies in the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall inside the Grand Palace.

On October 26, the body of the late King will be moved from the throne hall to the royal crematorium at Sanam Luang where the royal cremation will be held.

Work on the royal crematorium, seen in front of Wat Phra Kaeo and the Grand Palace, is 60% completed. It is the site for the funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

On October 27, following the cremation, a royal ceremony will be held to collect the royal relics of the late King at the royal crematorium.

On October 28, a royal merit-making rite for the royal relics will be held in the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

On October  29, a royal ceremony will be held to enshrine the royal relics at the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall at 10.30am, and the ashes of the late King will be kept separately at Wat Rajabopit and Wat Bowon Niwet, winding up the five-day ceremony, Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern said.

The government will provide areas for mourners wishing to take part in the cremation of the late King Rama IX by setting up public booths for laying sandalwood flowers. Each booth will feature the same portrait of the King as the one installed in front of the royal urn in the Grand Palace. However, the booths will be open in priority to Thai citizens.

Incoming tour operators and travel agencies are already informing their counterparts and groups. Alternative programs will be organised during the period of the royal cremation. A special post-royal cremation exhibition is also planned from Nov 1-30, to be organised by the Culture Ministry and open to all.

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