THE GOVERNMENT yesterday announced the official schedule for the five-day Royal Cremation ceremonies for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to be held from October 25 to29 at the Sanam Luang Ceremonial Ground in Bangkok.
Strict regulations are in place for the public to attend the cremation procession.
At a press conference at Thammasart University, PM’s Office Minister Ormsin Chivapruck said the Royal Cremation would reflect the country’s rich heritage despite the tragic loss of the beloved monarch.
“Meticulous details appear in all traditions – vocabularies that express the wisdom of our culture, arts, craftsmanship and architecture. We need to disseminate useful, easy to understand and appropriate information nationwide correctly according to the royal tradition,” he said.
Apart from the schedule, the public had to be informed how to behave and where to go to attend the historic event, including the offerings of sandalwood flowers, the location of the ceremonies, transport, and food and beverage services, he added.
The actual Royal Cremation will take place on October 26, which has been declared a national public holiday this year, for the public to attend the historic event.
There will be rehearsals for the Royal Cremation procession at Sanam Luang Ceremonial Ground in Bangkok this Saturday and on October 15 and 21.
For offerings of sandalwood flowers, 85 replicas of the Royal Crematorium have been constructed nationwide, with one located in each of 76 provinces and nine in Bangkok and nearby provinces.
In Bangkok and nearby provinces, the replicas are located at the Royal Plaza, Lan Khon Muang in front of Bangkok City Hall, the former headquarters of the Government Lottery Office, Nagaraphirom Park, the King Rama I Monument, the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Buddhamonthon in Nakhon Pathom and the Thupatemi Royal Thai Air Force Sports Statium in Pathum Thani.
In Bangkok, a number of floral niches will be set up in various temples, as well as other designated areas, where the public will be able to make sandalwood offerings.
In other provinces, more than 800 designated sites have been set aside. There are 617 medium-sized niches and 185 small niches located in temples, provincial town halls, district offices, schools, stadiums, public parks and other significant places.
In foreign countries, the Foreign Ministry has asked Thai embassies, consulates and temples to arrange 96 designated sites in 94 countries to accept offerings.
There will also be large LED screens installed to enable people to view the live broadcast of the ceremony at Sanam Luang.
During the Royal Cremation, tourist attractions across Thailand will be open as usual with the exception of Bangkok’s Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which will be closed until October 29.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced that visitors from around the world were welcome to Thailand during the historic period to pay their respects to the late King along with the Thai people.
If possible, visitors should wear respectful clothing in public to reflect the mourning period and refrain from any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour, authorities said.
Entertainment activities will be either barred or toned down during the ceremony, although shopping centres will be open as usual.