The Royal Cremation
Image of The Royal Crematorium by The Fine Arts Department of Thailand
The Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is set to take place this month. The Royal Thai Government has released full details on the ceremonies, including the schedule and explanations to answer frequently asked questions.
13 October 2017 marks one year from the day King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away. As such, the month of October will see an increase in the number of people of Thailand returning to a period of mourning and reflection. Many Thais will be donning black outfits to pay their respects. Travelers are welcomed to visit and travel within Thailand as per normal. However, they are also encouraged to observe the nation with sensitivity during this time of grief and remembrance.
The Royal Thai Government has released full details on the royal cremation schedule and ceremony. Here are some important details:
- The Royal Cremation will take place during 25 – 29 October 2017 at Sanam Luang in old town Bangkok.
- The symbolic and actual cremation will take place on 26 October 2017, with ceremonies starting at 7 am and lasting until the evening. This will be broadcasted on several television channels, including channels 3, 7, 5, MCOT, Thai PBS, and NBT.
- The government has declared two national public holidays: 13 October 2017 to commemorate the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and 26 October 2017 to accommodate all to witness the royal cremation.
For more detailed information on The Royal Cremation, please visit this link.
For the full schedule, please visit this link.
To help travelers navigate the country during this period, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has offered some tips:
- While many Thais will be wearing black, travelers are not obligated to. However, it is highly recommended that outfits be respectful and appropriate for this period of mourning.
- Tourist attractions across Thailand will be open as per usual with the exception of the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which will be closed during 1 – 29 October 2017.
- There are no official restrictions for nightlife and entertainment venues. However, the discretion of venue owners may impact opening days and hours, especially on 26 October 2017.
- Road congestion is anticipated on 26 October 2017. Many public transportation operators will offer their services for free on that day to help alleviate traffic.
Travelers are encouraged to be diligent and check for announcements on TAT’s website. For more information, please visit this link.