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Royal cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is set on October 26




BANGKOK: -- The Cabinet today acknowledged the holding of the 5-day royal funeral ceremonies of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej from October 25-29 this year.


Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Keawkamnerd said the cabinet also approved the announcement of October 26 as a public holiday so as to allow the people to attend  the royal cremation of the late King.


Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/royal-cremation-late-king-bhumibol-adulyadej-set-october-26/

-- © Copyright Thai PBS 2017-04-25
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Cabinet accepts plan to declare holiday on late King’s cremation day


BANGKOK, 25 April 2017 (NNT) – The Cabinet has acknowledged a plan to make October 26 a national holiday in order to allow the people to take part in the royal cremation ceremony for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 

According to Assistant Government Spokesperson Col Athisit Chainuwat, the Cabinet has agreed to announce a public holiday on October 26, 2017, when the body of King Rama IX will be cremated. The move is to enable mourners across the country to participate in the royal function as proposed by the responsible committee. 

The royal cremation ceremony for the beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled to last five days, from October 25-29. 

In his capacity as chairman of the committee in charge of organizing the ceremony, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has submitted a letter to the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary about the selection of King Bhumibol’s portraits to decorate sandalwood flower offering booths as well as the holding of an exhibition in honor of the late monarch throughout November. According to the Office, the matters have been granted royal approval by King Rama X.

-- nnt 2017-04-25

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Royal cremation ceremonies to be held Oct 25-29




BANGKOK: -- THE Royal cremation ceremonies for HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX) will be held between October 25 and 29.


October 26, the day of his |cremation, will also be a national holiday to allow members of the public to take part in the important event. 


King Rama IX passed away on October 13 last year, plunging Thailand into deep mourning. A large number of Thais continue to wear black and white today to grieve over his death. 


Throughout his seven-decade reign, King Rama IX worked tirelessly to improve the well-being of his people. In return, he won much love and reverence from his subjects. 


Assistant Government Spokesman Colonel Atisit Chaiyanuwat announced yesterday that HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn (King Rama X) |had approved the schedule. 


Atisit said Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam had proposed three options on how to facilitate people’s desire to join the royal cremation ceremonies. 


The first is to declare October 25 and October 27 as national holidays too, so that people from the provinces can travel to Bangkok for the ceremonies and then travel back in time to work again. 


The second is for October 25 and October 27 to be holidays for people living outside Bangkok and its adjacent provinces.


The third is to not declare any additional holiday and let people decide themselves how they can attend. 


Last Friday, King Rama X also approved the Office of the Prime Minister’s decision to declare his birthday, July 28, and the day of his father’s passing, October |13, as important days in Thailand. 


King Rama X ordered that royal ceremonies be held in remembrance of his father on October 13 every year, the same way royal ceremonies are held in commemoration of his great grandfather, King Rama V. 


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30313353

-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-04-26

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Royal crematorium structure progresses by over 90%




BANGKOK, 1 May 2017 (NNT) – Fine Arts Department has installed over 90 percent of the royal crematorium's structure and has started to assemble the patterns of the sandal wood urn’s base. 

Mr. Anan Chuchote, the Director General of Fine Arts Department, disclosed that the installation of the royal crematorium's structure for the royal cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has progressed beyond 90 percent completion, while the installation of Song Tham pavilion has already been completed. 

The installation of the royal crematorium is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month then the department will start the work on landscape architecture and the drainage system. 

Technology systems have been applied to help in the construction of the royal crematorium, but officials assures that the royal traditions of old has been preserved.

-- nnt 2017-05-01

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Royal cremation ceremonies to be live on all TV channels

By The Sunday Nation


All television channels will broadcast live the royal cremation ceremonies of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October.


Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Friday that the ceremonies on all five days, from October 25-29, will be beamed live.


Cabinet had earlier announced a national holiday on October 26, the cremation day.


Wissanu said it was too early to decide if the government would also declare holidays on October 25 and 27 to enable Thais from other provinces to travel to Bangkok to participate in the ceremonies.


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30314449


-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-05-08
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Thailand prepares for farewell to beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej
By The Nation




BANGKOK: -- Officials are working on the Royal Crematorium and related accessories as Thailand prepares for a proper farewell for one of the country’s most beloved monarchs, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej.


King Bhumibol passed away on October 13 last year. 


The Royal Cremation Ceremonies for the late King will take place in October this year. At present, the structure of the Royal Crematorium is 91 per cent complete. Structural works for the Royal Merit-Making Pavilion are 99 per cent complete. 


Angel sculptures that will adorn the elaborate structures are now being made. 


Officials have been restoring royal chariots to full splendour as they will also be used for the Royal Cremation Ceremonies. 


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30314925

-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-05-12

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Foreign tourists urged to travel outside BKK during royal cremation


BANGKOK, 29 May 2017 (NNT) - To avoid traffic congestion, foreign tourists are advised travel outside Bangkok in late October when the royal cremation ceremony of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is held. 

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports will release an official travel advisory for foreign nationals coming to Thailand in October to inform them of the royal cremation which will take place from October 25th- 29th. 

Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangul said in order to avoid traffic congestion, foreign visitors are advised to stay outside of Bangkok during the cremation period. Information on tourist attractions outside the capital will be included in the advisory. 

Activities around the cremation site will be allowed only prior to the ceremony and must be cleared out when notified. 

Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Yuthasak Suphasorn said TAT offices nationwide and abroad will cease all activities during the cremation as a sign of respect.

-- nnt 2017-05-29
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Royal carriages, palanquins expected to be ready in August




BANGKOK, 2 June 2017 (NNT) – The Fine Arts Department is speeding up the restoration of royal carriages and palanquins, expecting the procedure to reach full completion this August, well ahead of the royal cremation ceremony. 

According to the Office of Traditional Arts, much progress has been made in the repair of royal carriages and palanquins, which are to be used in the royal cremation ceremony of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej this October. 

For the Rachentharayan Palanquin, or the Royal Palanquin with Four Poles, on which the Royal Urn will be transported, artisans have already finished the decoration of the entire structure with gold leaf and are in the process of embellishing it with glass mosaic tiles.


The construction of a smaller palanquin, called Rachentharayan Noi, has also reached 50 percent completion, with decorative patterns now being crafted from wood. The crafting process will finish within this month, after which gold leaf and glass tiles will be applied. 

As for Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot, or the Royal Chariot of Great Victory, the works have progressed by over 70 percent, with the laying of glass mosaic tiles now nearing completion. 

It is believed that all royal carriages and palanquins will be fully completed within August, allowing sufficient time for them to be used in rehearsals of the royal cremation ceremony in September.

-- nnt 2017-06-02

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1,000 artists set to perform on Royal cremation day
By The Nation




BANGKOK: -- About 1,000 artists will take part in traditional performances in front of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s crematorium on Royal cremation day.


Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanarat told a press conference on Wednesday that all the characters, casts and details were complete and the artists have started rehearsing to give their best performances at the historic event.


His Majesty the late King’s Royal cremation will take place on October 26 in the Sanam Luang ceremonial ground. There will be three stages for performances on the North side from 6pm on cremation day until 6am the next day, said Fine Arts Department chief Anan Chuchote.


The first stage will present a shadow puppet show and a Khon performance about the Hindu epic Ramayana by artists from the Office of Performing Arts, along with teachers and students from 12 Colleges of Dramatic Arts as well as the Bunditphatthanasilpa Institute. 


There will also be Khon performances from Ramayana epic’s various chapters, organised by the Foundation of the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques under royal patronage, he added.


The second stage will present royal puppet shows from chapters in the Phra Mahachanok story, the Ramayana epic and the Phra Apaimanee story, as well as the “gold and silver flower” Thai classical dance, the classical court drama (Lakhon Nai) a story of Inao, a legendary prince in Indonesia’s East Java, and a staged play about a supernatural kinnari (half-bird and half-human) princess called Manora.


The third stage will present a classical music concert titled “Tha Keu Doungjai Thai Tua La” (His Majesty is in the hearts of all Thais of the land) featuring the music of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol as well as songs written to honour him, Anan said.


As well, a special Khon performance of the Ramayana epic’s chapter in which Phra Ram crosses over the ocean, will be held at the ceremonial ground in front of the Songtham pavilion and the Royal crematorium as tribute to the late King’s great merits to the country, he added.


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30317456

-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-06-08

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Progress of funeral pyre project more than halfway complete




BANGKOK, 9 June 2017 (NNT) - The construction on the royal funeral pyre and its surrounding pavilions is more than 50% complete, according to Traditional Arts officials.

The officials have finished building the funeral pyre's framework on all nine four-post thrones, as well as the flooring, and stairways. They are currently in the process of installing surfaces and architectural elements on the first, second, and third platforms. The architectural team is working to scale up their model of the four-post thrones, before various pieces can enter production. 

The team in charge of the main ceremonial pavilion is currently installing the roof and applying interior decorations. The walls are approximately 50 percent installed. 

The team has also finished with painting the statues of eight sitting deities and 12 standing deities and is in the process of attaching clothing and accessories. As for the animal statues, the team has finished sculpting two north-facing elephants, painting the west-facing horses and south-facing cows, and is in the process of printing in silicon the east-facing lions.

-- nnt 2017-06-09

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Proper vocabulary for use during royal cremation ceremony to be published




BANGKOK, 14 June 2017 (NNT) – The Ministry of Culture has joined hands with the Public Relations Department to hold a training program on proper vocabulary usage for the royal cremation ceremony for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 

Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat said the Fine Arts Department had recently updated a vocabulary book for use during the royal cremation ceremony for the late king and assigned linguist experts to translate it and publish a special dictionary to be distributed to international agencies and media. 

The dictionary will be made available online as ebook for any persons to download on www.m.culture.go.th. 

The Ministry of Culture is also working with the Public Relations Department to hold a workshop on royal vocabulary usage for Thai and international media, as well as organize a trip to the royal crematorium in order to disseminate accurate information prior to the royal event.

-- nnt 2017-06-14

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Meeting to discuss public role in Royal Cremation
By The Nation




BANGKOK: -- HER ROYAL HIGHNESS Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, daughter of late King Rama IX, will on June 26 preside over a meeting that will decide how Thais can take part to the ceremonies marking the Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.


The much-beloved monarch reigned benevolently for seven decades till his demise on October 13 last year. 

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said yesterday that the committee organising the royal ceremonies would discuss about people’s participation and the government’s preparations at the meeting. 


People outside Bangkok will |likely be able to place funeral wood flowers in their home provinces before the actual ceremony takes place at Sanam Luang. 


Pictures will be taken and sent to Sanam Luang in Bangkok, where the Royal Crematorium is located. 


“Some flowers will then be used at the Royal Cremation,” Wissanu said, discussing the possibilities. 


In Bangkok, mourners can place funeral wood flowers at some 80 designated arches where the photo of King Rama IX would be displayed. 


The Royal Household Bureau has asked the government to prepare the guest list for the Royal Cremation on October 26. 


Between 7,000 and 7,500 seats would be available but some 2,000 would be reserved for people marching in the grand processions. 


The processions to bring the Royal Urn to the Royal Crematorium will take place from 8am-9am on October 26. The symbolic fire-lighting for the ceremony will be held at 5pm the same day. 


But the actual cremation will start at around 10pm. 


“We plan to issue cards to guests who will have assigned seats,” he said. 


Members of the public will not be able to join the ceremonies at Sanam Luang during the actual cremation. 


“But they may go to nearby areas such as the National Theatre where various performances will be staged,” he said. 


The committee organising the Royal Cremation would also look into suspending entertainment events during the period. 


Since the passing of King Rama IX, Thailand has been observing a lengthy mourning period. Many people still wear black and white clothing to show their grief. 


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30318098

-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-06-15

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Construction of royal crematorium more than 50% complete




BANGKOK, 22 June 2017 (NNT) - The construction of the royal crematorium and other structures for the royal funeral of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej are more than 50% complete. 

According to Deputy Prime Minister Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn, the progress of the construction is faster than previously anticipated as the structures of 9 Busabok pavilions have already been completed. 

Gen Thanasak serves as a chairman of the committee overseeing the construction of the royal crematorium and other structures that surround it. The installation of mythical creature and angel sculptors are underway. 

The royal-merit making pavilion is halfway done as roof and decoration works are still ongoing. Roofs and floors are now being installed at Sala Luk Khun 1 and 2. 

As for the royal urn, which is 70% finished, floral designs and Dok Mai Whai flowers are being placed at the base of the urn. 

Many civilians have volunteered to paint the sculptors of Hindu Gods and mythical creatures. The painting is now 30% complete while the construction of all sculptors around the royal crematorium is 65% complete. 

Gen Thanasak is scheduled to visit the Department of Fine Arts to inspect other art works to be used in the royal cremation ceremony.

-- nnt 2017-06-22

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Princess oversees King’s funeral preparation
By The Nation




Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn chairs a top-level meeting on Monday at Government House to direct preparations for the royal funeral of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 


The royal funeral ceremonies of the late King are scheduled for October 25-29. 


The cremation will take place at Sanam Luang in Bangkok on October 26, which has been declared a public holiday to allow people to attend the event.


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/breakingnews/30319123

-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-06-26

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Only one public holiday for Royal cremation of the late King

By Thai PBS Reporters 




BANGKOK: -- The Office of the Secretary-General of the Cabinet on Tuesday issued a statement denying a report that the government has announced five public holidays during the Royal cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October.


According to the statement, the cabinet at its meeting on April 25 agreed that Thursday October 26 which was scheduled as date for the Royal cremation would be announced a public holiday.


The widely-circulated report of five public holidays is not true, said the statement.


Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/one-public-holiday-royal-cremation-late-king/

-- © Copyright Thai PBS 2017-06-28

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