The monument is located at the foot of the Rama VIII Bridge in Bangkok’s Bang Phlat district. The statue of the late monarch, which matches the height of the bridge, stands in the middle of the 35-rai Rama VIII Park on the bank of the Chao Phraya River.
Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn would be accompanying His Majesty, the Royal Household Bureau said. The inauguration ceremony, scheduled to start at about 5.15pm, will also include merit-making rituals in honour of King Rama VIII, who passed away on June 9, 1946.
“A permanent exhibition [about King Rama VIII’s life] will be set up in the |hall under the statue,” Bangkok |Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said yesterday.
Sukhumbhand will be presiding over a Brahmin ceremony at 7.55am to bless the statue and a highly revered Buddha image will be ushered in from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration headquarters to the site at 2pm.
Some 60,000 national flags as well as flags with the royal emblem will be distributed among admirers expected to queue up between Siriraj Hospital, where His Majesty has been residing, and the statue site, deputy Bangkok city clerk Piangjai Wisarutrat said.
Bangkok residents wishing to travel to the site have been advised to use public transport, while those travelling from outside the capital will be provided parking spaces at Sanam Luang.
Mobile medical teams have been set up to provide first aid along the route, while the BMA will provide drinking water and snacks. A number of temporary shelters have also been set up at the site in case it rains. People living in the area have also been encouraged to tidy up their premises for the occasion.