MOURNERS who cannot attend the Royal Cremation ceremonies in Bangkok’s Sanam Luang area can place sandalwood flowers at designated venues across the country on October 26 to pay a final farewell to the much-revered HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Replicas of the grand Royal Crematorium have already gone up in every province in Thailand to ensure that people could show their respects to the country’s most beloved paternal figure and one of the greatest Thai Kings on the day of his actual cremation.
“For example, there are seven such replicas in the capital,” Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) executive Suthipa Nachoren said yesterday.
The replicas will be open to mourners to place sandalwood flowers in honour of the late King from 9am on October 26. Then there will be an hours-long break at about the time that HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn – the only son of the late monarch – arrives at the Royal Crematorium to perform rituals related to the ceremonies.
“Sandalwood flowers can be placed again at about 6pm,” Suthipa said.
As many as 61 million sandalwood flowers will be royally provided for people across the country.
People must wear appropriate clothes and court shoes to enter the grounds of the Royal Crematorium replicas.
Giant screens will be erected to ensure participants can see the live broadcast of the Royal Cremation ceremonies while waiting to place sandalwood flowers at each location.