Next month, October, the entire Kingdom of Thailand will be busier as they are preparing for the cremation of their late King BhumibolAdulyadej. The ceremony for the royal cremation will last for five days. The late King is loved by many and is honoured by the entire country because he has ruled over the Kingdom for seventy years.
The military government of Thailand has already allotted a budget for the funeral which will cost around 3 billion baht or $91 million. It is expected that many tourists will come and witness the ceremony as well thus booking a hotel near BTS is recommended for ease and convenience.
A huge crematorium is currently under constructed and is located at the SanamLuang which is a park found at the centre of Bangkok and near the Grand Palace. They are expecting that huge crowds will be coming to witness the event. The cremation’s exact scheduled date is on October 26. The cremation ceremony is done because of the belief of Thais that it is necessary in order for the deceased royal to be able to move on and reach heaven.
Though only seen through the window, an ornate palanquin is obviously prepared to be used during the royal funeral. It was last year on October 13 when the late King Bhumibol passed away at the age of 88 years old. The king was crowned back in 1946 and has become a symbol of continuity for the entire nation of Thailand. During the period he was king, the Kingdom of Thailand appointed into over 24 prime ministers while 10 military coups have occurred during the entire reign.
Funeral preparation is also underway at the Bangkok National Museum. When Bhumibol passed away, he brought with him the title of the monarch who reigned for the longest time. He belongs in the ChakriDynasty which existed for two centuries and considered as one of the richest monarchies in the entire world.
Tourists staying at the hotel near BTS will also be able to witness the gold chariot that artisans have been working on and will be used during the procession.