The Culture Ministry will hand out 3 million souvenir postcards made in nine different patterns to those visiting the Royal Crematorium and an exhibition on HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Royal Cremation at Bangkok’s Sanam Luang ceremonial ground.
A total of 291,971 visitors were reported to have visited the site from November 2-7, which is open for public viewing until the end of this month, Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanarat said.
Besides the brochures in Thai, English and Chinese about the exhibition details, the ministry handed out the first souvenir postcards depicting a portrait of the late King Rama IX during a train trip to visit his loyal subjects in Thailand from November 2-8, Veera said. He added that one pattern of the postcards would be handed out per day on rotation until November 30.
The second pattern shows a bird’s-eye view of the Royal Crematorium's demonstration rice field, which displays the Thai number 9.
The third pattern features sculptures of Himapan Forest mythical creatures and a scaled-down Anodard Pond at the Royal Crematorium.
The fourth pattern shows the Royal Crematorium in the sunset light and the fifth pattern the Royal Crematorium at night.
The sixth pattern displays the elaborate Royal Cremation panels or “Chak Bang Phloeng” depicting two avatars of the Hindu god Vishnu or Narayana.
The seventh, eighth and ninth patterns feature the Royal Cremation’s first, second and third processions respectively.
Visitors can also enjoy Thai traditional performances from 6pm-7.30pm and 8pm-10pm on Sanam Luang’s north side, Veera said. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday a special Khon performance will also be held from 7pm to 7.30pm in front of Phra Thinang Songtham, starting from tomorrow until November 26, he added.
Nine souvenir postcards are being distributed to visitors of the Royal Crematorium, each of whom gets one postcard on their visit:
1. A portrait of the late King Rama IX during a train trip to visit his subjects in Thailand.
2. A birds-eye view of the Royal Crematorium’s demonstration rice field that displays the Thai number “9”.
3. The sculptures of mythical creatures from the Himapan Forest and a depiction of the Anodard Pond at the Royal Crematorium.
4. The Royal Crematorium framed in the light of the setting sun.
5. The Royal Crematorium at night.
6. The elaborate Royal Cremation panels, or Chak Bang Phloeng, depicting two avatars of the Hindu god Vishnu, or Narayana.
7. The Royal Cremation’s first procession when the Royal Urn was transferred to the Palanquin with Three Poles, or Phra Yannamas Sam Lam Khan, from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace to the Great Victory Chariot, or Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot.
8. The second procession when the Royal Urn was placed upon the Great Victory Chariot and proceeded to the Royal Crematorium.
9. The third procession in which the Royal Urn was put on the Royal Gun Carriage, which circled counter-clockwise around the Royal Crematorium three times.