A huge crowd turned out around Sanam Luang on Saturday to watch the final dress rehearsal of the historic Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Many of them had arrived at 9pm on Friday and camped out to reserve vantage viewing positions for the dress rehearsal of the royal processions for the Royal Cremation Ceremony. The Royal Cremation is scheduled next week.
Mourners who wanted to get access to the prime zone, where some 40,000 people can gather, had to go past nine checkpoints that opened at 5am on Saturday.
The three processions that will take place on the cremation day on October 26 will be rehearsed on Saturday.
The first procession will see the transfer of the Royal Urn to the Palanquin with Three Poles, or Phra Yannamas Sa Lam Khan, from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace to the Great Victory Chariot or Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot in front of the Elevated Royal Pavilion on the eastern side of Wat Phra Chetuphon or Wat Pho.
The second procession will involve placing the Royal Urn on the Great Victory Chariot by the Naga Conveyor or Kroen Bandai Nak and then proceed to the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang.
The third procession will see the Royal Urn being transferred to the Royal Gun-carriage, or Rajarot Puen Yai, which will circumambulate three rounds counter-clockwise around the Royal Crematorium before taking the Royal Urn up to the funeral pyre or Phra Chittakathan.