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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2040

Cremation of Thailand’s King In Lavish $90Million Five-Day Ceremony

Bangkok, 26 October, (Asiantribune.com):

Tens of thousands of mourners dressed in black swell the streets of Bangkok in preparation for the cremation of Thailand’s king in lavish $90million five-day ceremony.

Tens of thousands of mourners dressed in black swell the streets of Bangkok in preparation for the cremation of Thailand’s king in lavish $90million five-day ceremony.

He died on October 13 last year and his remains are lying in state for an elaborate funeral ceremonies costing the Thai government more than US$ 90 million.

The lavish five-day event, which runs until Sunday, opened with rows of Buddhist monks in orange robes chanting prayers on Wednesday.

The cremation late Thursday will be the biggest Thai royal event for a century and will see colorful funeral processions pass through the capital before his funeral pyre is set alight.

The king's cremation will take place on Thursday, which has been declared a public holiday, when many businesses have announced they will be shut all day or close at midday.

About 250,000 Thais are expected to attend the cremation ceremony, which will be led by the new King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Prince Andrew, Queen Sofia of Spain have arrived ahead of the funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Since his death in 2016, his embalmed remains has been laying 'in state' in the royal palace

Some 12million Thais have visited the palace to pay their respects to King Bhumibol since last year

The five-day funeral, including a procession through Bangkok and a public cremation, costs $90million

Some 25,000 black-clad mourners have amassed along the procession routes near Bangkok's Grand Palace

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana will represent Sri Lanka at royal funeral of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej for five day funeral begin on October 25.

- Asian Tribune -

Cremation of Thailand’s King In Lavish $90Million Five-Day Ceremony
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