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Thai king funeral: crowds gather to farewell ‘father of the nation’

Thai king funeral: crowds gather to farewell ‘father of the nation’

The royal cremation of the late King is culminating in a year of preparations for the grand, solemn event that unites the country in their bereavement and remembrance of a monarch who gave his all for the country. The Thai nation adores its king and has a great respect for the man who was called ‘a father of nation’.

A year of mourning is over, Thai capital looks sad these days, the black-clad mourners gathered on Bangkok’s streets or at viewing areas around Thailand. The royal palace elaborates funeral ceremonies were held on Thursday for King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Three processions are must for such solemn grand event, they involve Bhumibol’s successor, thousands of troops, a golden palanquin, a chariot and a royal gun carriage. All three processions should move a ceremonial urn representing late King’s remains from the Dusit Maha Prasad throne hall to a newly built crematorium.

The ceremony is broadcasting on most Thai TV channels, every Thai has an opportunity to farewell King.


Thai King cremation ceremony

On Thursday, the three-hour journey along a 2km route was watched by tens of thousands of mourners.  His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun began ceremony for King Bhumibol cremation on 11:00, the monarch presides over a merit-making ceremony at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to start Thursday’s royal cremation ceremonies for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The royal urn will later be placed in the royal crematorium after several ceremonial steps. Prior to this, the urn will be moved to Rajarot Puen Yai or the royal gun carriage which will be waiting for the third procession. The royal urn will be circling the royal crematorium in a counter-clockwise direction three times prior to being placed at the crematorium.

At 16:30, His Majesty the King will return to the royal crematorium and take his seat inside the Dharma Royal Pavilion.