Rama IX’s grand funeral pyre will be ready on time

Kingdom Grieves September 13, 2017 18:39

By Phatarawadee Phataranawik
The Nation

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The grandest-ever Royal crematorium for the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be finished by September 30, in time for His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn to install the top of the nine-spired funeral pyre on October 18.



This will mark the official completion of construction, Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimaprakprn confirmed on Wednesday afternoon at a press conference at the National Museum.

The cremation of the late King Bhumibol will take place on October 26, the second day of five-day funeral ceremonies.

"Now the construction, the interior design and landscape are almost done. It has reached 90 per cent completion and we will surely finish the world's greatest crematorium for our beloved King Bhumibol in time," General Tanasak added.

Thai masters are busy finishing the “architecture of heaven” – an elegant nine-spired funeral pyre for the late King Bhumibol that will send his soul into the afterlife in late October.

Built to represent Mount Meru, the centre of the Hindu universe, it will embody the high test of Thai arts and architecture, with delicate towers adorned with images from mythology and from the life of the king, who died on October 13, 2016 at the age of 88, after 70 years on the throne.

After the royal funeral ceremony, the government will allow the general public to visit an exhibition about the late King Bhumibol from November 1 to 30.

The Culture Ministry will produce a special exhibition for the blind to touch and to hear audio explanations of the exhibits. The public will be able to enjoy the exhibition by scanning QR codes that will show images and text on their personal devices. 

The ministry will also distribute 3 million leaflets to visitors. Around 100,000 people are expected to visit the crematorium per day.

Live performances will include Khon masked dance and a live pipat (traditional Thai orchestra).