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Govt not ban entertaining activities on 26 Oct




BANGKOK, 30 June 2017 (NNT) - The government does not discourage entertaining activities during the period when the royal cremation ceremonies take place, except on the Royal Cremation Day on 26 October. 

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam on Thursday spoke of guidelines for the private sector and the general public during the royal cremation ceremonies. He said he had instructed Television Pool of Thailand to broadcast the ceremonies based on correctness and Thai traditions. 

The deputy PM added that the government does not prohibit entertaining activities in October and they can be organized normally. However, he suggested that organizers of the activities should consider the appropriateness of their activities and respect the ceremonies on 26 October. 

-- nnt 2017-06-30

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PRD & TV Pool plan coverage of royal funeral


BANGKOK, 6th July 2017 (NNT) - The Public Relations Department (PRD) and the The Television Pool of Thailand have held a meeting to prepare for the broadcast coverage of the royal funeral of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Acting Secretary-General of the PRD, Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd chaired a meeting with the PRD and TV Pool to follow up on the progress of the installation of broadcast equipment and media stations around the royal funeral pyre and at nearby Thammasat University.

LT Gen Sansern revealed that officials will conduct two rehearsals to ensure the proper functioning of over 100 cameras, and appropriate coverage of the entire ceremony, while the main auditorium at Thammasat University will serve as a base for foreign and Thai press.

Cameras and sound equipment have been installed in the royal ceremonial pavilion and its four surrounding pavilions, the royal funeral pyre, the narration box, behind Thammasat University, and along the route of the funeral procession.

-- nnt 2017-07-06

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Construction of royal crematorium progresses by over 56%


NAKHON PATHOM, 6 July 2017 (NNT) – Deputy Prime Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn has reported further progress in the construction of the royal crematorium for His Majesty the late King Rama IX as well as the preparation of decorative features. 

Gen Tanasak paid a visit to the Office of Traditional Arts in Nakhon Pathom province in order to follow up on the progress of artistic works being made for the royal crematorium. The deputy premier was given a tour by Culture Minister Weera Rojpotchanarat and Director-General of the Fine Arts Department Anant Chuchote to inspect the preparation of the fire screens, decorative sculptures, paintings related to royal initiative projects and the royal cannon cart. 

After the visit, Gen Tanasak expressed his satisfaction with all procedures, saying they are being conducted in accordance with the timeframe. At present, he said only touch-ups are left to be done and specialists will need to be deployed for the task. All artistic elements are expected to be finished in late September, in time for the royal cremation ceremony. 

As for Rachentharayan Palaquin, or the Royal Palaquin with Four Poles, progress has reached 80 percent while full completion is expected within this month. Meanwhile, overall progress of the construction of the royal crematorium and accompanying structures is currently at 56.3 percent. 

-- nnt 2017-07-07

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Preparation for live broadcast of royal cremation ceremony underway




BANGKOK, 13 July 2017 (NNT) - The preparation for the live broadcast of the upcoming royal cremation ceremony of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is underway. 

Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Ormsin Chivapruck and Acting Director-General of the Public Relations Department Lt Gen Sansern Keawkamnerd traveled to Sanam Laung to inspect a broadcasting system set up at the cremation site. 

They were joined by a group of people responsible for the live telecast of the ceremony. A total of 127 cameras and 16 outside broadcast (OB) vehicles will be used during the ceremony. 

Cameras will be set up in 16 locations around Bangkok where people can offer sandalwood flowers as a tribute to His Majesty the late King. 

Everything will be tested in September. 

A live broadcast command center is now being set up at a conference hall in Thammasat University where information related to the event will be provided to members of the press. 

In addition, all TV stations will be required to comply with new broadcasting regulations from October 1st onwards. 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to observe the progress on the construction of the royal crematorium and other ongoing projects.

-- nnt 2017-07-13

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Royal Funeral arrangements

By The Nation











Photos by EPA



A view of the construction site for the Royal Funeral pyre, centre, for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation ceremony, in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

The royal cremation of King Bhumibol is scheduled for October 26, and the funeral will include five days of rites.

King Bhumibol died at the age of 88 in Siriraj Hospital on October 13, 2016.


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30320719

-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-07-14

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Public can visit Royal Crematorium from November 1 to 30

By The Nation




The public will be allowed to visit the Royal Crematorium and related structures as well as an exhibition about the Royal Cremation, at Bangkok's Sanam Luang from November 1 to 30. 


The Royal Cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be held during October 25-29.


Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn on Wednesday presided over a meeting of the committee tasked with organising the exhibition after the late monarch's Royal Cremation. 


The committee resolved to set up various sub-committees to be in charge of various parts of the exhibition.


According to Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanarat, the exhibition held at the Song Tham pavilion would be in two parts; one about the late monarch's life and work and the other about the late monarch's work in foreign countries to boost international ties as well as display honours and awards he received from other countries.


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30321271

-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-07-20


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Khon performance to be featured in royal cremation ceremony




BANGKOK, 8 August 2017 (NNT) – The SUPPORT Foundation is preparing to arrange a traditional Khon mask dance during the royal cremation ceremony of His Majesty the late King Rama IX at Sanam Luang. 

Thanpuying Charungjit Teekara, Private Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen, announced that Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has graciously instructed the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques, or the SUPPORT Foundation in short, to cooperate with Bunditpatanasilpa Institute to organize a Khon mask dance in honor of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 

The show is scheduled to take place in the northern end of Sanam Luang on the cremation day, October 26 this year. It will depict three major episodes from the Ramayana and will last for two hours. The use of backgrounds and the multi-vision technique will be incorporated into certain scenes while technical details in the singing, music and dance will be enhanced. The special performance will also promote the virtue of loyalty, which Thai people having been upholding towards His Late Majesty. 

With a total of 300 performers involved in the show, outfits and ornaments are being made for them by officials of the SUPPORT Foundation. All preparations are expected to be completed within this September.

-- nnt 2017-08-08


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Scores of people pay their respects before royal urn

By The Nation 



Photo by Anant Chantarasoot


Many people from across Thailand continue to pay their respects before the royal urn of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall in Bangkok on Monday.

The Bureau of the Royal Household on Sunday reported that 9,832,985 people had paid their respects before the urn in 298 days. 


The beloved monarch passed away on October 13 last year.


During the same period, public merit-making donations for the late King totalled Bt736,847,957.



Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30325100

-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-08-28

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King orders replica of Royal Crematorium for mourners

By Vorawit Pumpuang 
The Nation




HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn has ordered that a replica of the elaborate Royal Crematorium for his late father be erected at the Royal Plaza.

The current monarch intends to allow people to lay funeral flowers in tribute to HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the Royal Cremation Ceremonies that will run from October 25 to 29.


The construction of the replica is now taking place. 


The Royal Crematorium is being built in Sanam Luang area. Although it is vast it will not be able to accommodate all mourners. 


The government has prepared several venues across the country for people to lay funeral flowers in tribute to the King’s late father. 


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-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-08-28

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Television To Return To B&W In Run-Up To Royal Funeral

By Asaree Thaitrakulpanich, Staff Reporter



Toned-down programming broadcast 18 Oct. 2016 by state-owned MCOT. Photo: NineEntertain Official / YouTube


BANGKOK — The government has asked television broadcasters to desaturate their colors and air programming about His Majesty Rama IX for the 20 days leading up to his cremation.


Cabinet member Ormsin Chivapruck said Tuesday that for the duration of funerary rites, all channels should cooperate by toning down their programming: both in color and content.


Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/featured/2017/08/30/television-return-bw-run-royal-funeral/

-- © Copyright Khaosod English 2017-08-30

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For the late King, a life recalled





Murals for the royal crematorium are almost finished, glorious depictions of His benefial projects


MORE THAN 300 volunteer artists have almost completed the majestic murals that will adorn the Phra Thinang Songtham – the Royal Merit-making Pavilion at the crematorium being readied for the funeral in October of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.


The Office of Ten Divisions of Traditional Thai Crafts said this week the huge murals for the pavilion where members of the royal family will assemble were about 90-per-cent complete. The work is being done at the agency’s premises in Nakhon Pathom.


The cremation rites are scheduled for October 26 at Sanam Luang in Bangkok.


The main structure among the ceremonial pavilions adjoining the crematorium will be adorned with painted depictions of projects initiated by the beloved late monarch for the benefit of the country and its people.


There are 46 key events depicted in all, showing King Rama IX directing and revisiting the projects. The individual scenes forming the large composite murals are based on sketches by renowned artist Montien Chuseuhung.  


For this most solemn of occasions, the Phra Thinang Songtham has been conceived as a contemporary structure with a unique design. About 200 metres in length, it has the rectangular shape of a formal assembly hall.


Its primary function will be to shelter His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn as he presides over the funeral ceremony. Joining him there will be other members of the royal family, visiting heads of state, Cabinet ministers, senior officials, foreign ambassadors and other honoured guests. The hall is equipped with 2,500 seats.


The magnificent murals on canvas will occupy three walls of the Phra Thinang Songtham. The first wall is the largest, covering 93 square metres. For this, artisans of the Office of Ten Divisions of Traditional Thai Crafts have painted scenes from 19 royally initiated projects in and around Bangkok. 




They include the agricultural testing grounds at Chitralada Palace, the use of the Chaipattana aerator that the late King invented, and the “monkey cheek” scheme for retaining water he devised for times of flood and drought. The Rama XIII Bridge over the Chao Phraya River is shown, as is the Khlong Lat Pho Floodgate on its eastern bank. 




The second wall, 71 metres square, is being prepared by artisans of the Office of Traditional Arts and art students from Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin. It features 13 more royal projects, these found in the North and Northeast. 


The third wall, also 71 square metres, is under the purview of Bunditpatanasilpa, the College of Fine Arts, whose artists have shown 14 royal projects in the South and elsewhere in the Central region. 


Artist-lecturer Sanan Rattana noted that painting for a royal cremation is by necessity time-constrained. “We have no time to waste,” he said. “Everything must be done perfectly and on time, and we have less than two weeks to go.”


That was during a visit to the Nakhon Pathom studio early this month. The mural panels are to be completed within the next week or so, so they can be transported to Sanam Luang and fitted in ample time to ensure there are no problems.


“For the artists,” Sanan said, “this is like taking a final exam, but we’ve passed this type of ‘exam’ three times before – painting panels for the funerals of Their Royal Highnesses the Princess Mother in 1996, Princess Galyani Vadhana in 2008, and Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda in 2011.

The Gaew Galaya – the floral embellishment we designed – is now instated in the study of traditional Thai art.”


The work requires great effort and an intense unity of spirit, Sanan said. 


“The artists are all volunteering their time, and many of them are quite famous. They’ve come together whole-heartedly, eat and sleep here on the premises, sine sometimes they prefer to work at night. We all want to do this for our beloved King.”


What distinguish the work, he said, is that a lot of research is required. They tracked down the exact times and places of each event depicted and studied photographs to see who was there and what they looked like, where they stood and what they were wearing, even their insignia of office.




“For example, during His Majesty’s visit to the flood-prevention project in Chumpon, we used as reference a photo showing him, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and then-Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, who is a College of Fine Arts graduate and even helped with the painting,” Sanan said. 


Chumpon also happens to be Sanan’s hometown, so he’s been able to depict the trees there exactly as they look. 


Saknarin Koonsawat, who’s responsible for the likenesses of the late King, said he’s truly honoured to be involved in the funeral preparations. He showed an old photograph of His Majesty visiting the Hup Krapong Royal Project. 


“It’s important to convey the correct facial expression, the walk and the movement,” he said. “His Majesty is our greatest role model in life. Even if he’s no longer among us, his virtues remain in our hearts.”


Other well-known artists participating include Rattanachai Chairat, Pichit Paidan, Wathana Kreethong, Karn Rattanajul, Jeerapong Khunpaew, Boonpan Wongpakdee and Booncherd Khemngan.






 Also nearly finished are paintings of celestial beings intended for the royal crematorium itself, the Chak Bang Phloeng. These too have been the responsibility of the Office of Ten Divisions of Traditional Thai Crafts.


Artist Kiattisak Suwannaphong said this week the panels were on schedule to be framed early in the coming month ready for transporting to the site in Sanam Luang.


The remarkable west panel has had something of a royal blessing: Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn decorated the central jewels on the god Narayana’s headdress with the nine auspicious colours. 


The artists have finished the multihued dresses of the goddesses and angels, filling in their jewellery with gold leaf.


What visitors will see are eight scenes from the lives of the Vedic deity Narayana, pointing to the late monarch’s divine status. The cremation is viewed as his return to the realm of the gods, and these murals employ what’s been termed the “King Rama IX style of art” with, for example, a distinctive way of depicting musculature. 


“The facial expressions are calm and tranquil, as if they’re deep in meditation,” Kiattisak says. “According to ancient belief, they come to attend the royal cremation and will escort His Majesty to Heaven.”


The murals are double-sided. On the reverse side are gorgeous lotuses in bloom, montha thip flowers arranged in the feunguba pattern, and the late King’s monogram. The scenes are brought to life with depictions of creatures living in the lotus pond, such Nile fish, dragonflies, grasshoppers and butterflies. 


Former Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, a talented artist, has spent months painting panels for the staircases leading up to the main crematorium. 


In a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen, patron of traditional craftspeople, he has costumed his angels in garments of classic woven materials, bearing famous patterns from all four regions of Thailand. 


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/kingdomgrieves/30325320

-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-08-31


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King Rama IX Grand Royal crematorium to finish in time




The construction of the elaborate Royal Crematorium for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej are now nearly complete. The Royal Cremation Ceremonies will be held from October 25 to October 29.


THE grandest-ever Royal crematorium for the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be finished by September 30 in time for HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn to install the top of the nine-spired funeral pyre on October 18, marking the official end of construction.


The cremation of the late King Rama IX will take place on October 26, the second day of five in the Royal Cremation Ceremonies.


“Now the construction, the interior design and landscape are almost done. It has now reached 90-per-cent completion and we will surely finish the world's greatest crematorium for our beloved King Bhumibol in time,” Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn confirmed at a press conference at the National Museum yesterday.




Thai masters are busy finishing the “architecture of heaven” – an elegant nine-spired funeral pyre for the late King that will send his soul into the afterlife in late October.


Built to represent Mount Meru, the centre of the Hindu universe, the Royal Crematorium will embody the highest of Thai arts and architecture, with delicate towers adorned with images from mythology and from the life of the late King, who died on October 13, 2016 in his 89th year, after seven decades on the throne.


Replicas nationwide


Meanwhile, the government also ordered the construction of 85 replicas of the Royal Crematorium around the country, where millions of Thais can pay their last respects to their beloved King Rama IX.


Government Spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the replicas would be installed nationwide by October 15. 


There will be one in the Muang district of each of the 76 provinces and another nine in and around Bangkok. The Bangkok sites are the Royal Plaza, the plaza in front of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s headquarters, the former Government Lottery Office, Nagaraphirom Park, King Rama I Plaza, Dhupateme Royal Thai Air Force Sports Stadium, Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Bitec), Buddha Monthon Park and King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang. 


After the Royal Cremation Ceremonies, the government will allow the general public to visit an exhibition about the late King from November 1 to 30.


The exhibition will be divided into five zones. The late King’s biography will be presented at the first zone, which will include a high-tech presentation including holograms. His works focusing on sufficiency development will be the highlight of the second zone.


His success developing the land with his Dhamma will be covered in the third zone. His international efforts in bringing Thailand to the world will be presented in the fourth zone. The last zone will feature an exhibition on the royal ceremonies and traditional Thai arts.


The Culture Ministry will produce special exhibits for blind people, along with audio descriptions. The general public will be able to scan QR codes that will show 3D images and text on their personal devices. 


The ministry will also distribute 3 million leaflets. About 100,000 people are expected to visit the exhibition each day.


There will be live performances, including Khon masked dance and a live traditional Thai orchestra at the exhibition. Similar performances will also be staged in all provinces.


















Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30326619

-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-09-14


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Royal crematorium close to completion




BANGKOK, 22nd September 2017 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn, has visited Sanam Luang royal plaza to observe the construction of the royal crematorium, along with Director-General of the Fine Arts Department Anan Chuchote. 

The transformation of Sanam Luang royal plaza into King Rama IX’s royal cremation site is now 95 percent complete. The craftsmen are adding finishing touches to the crematorium and its surrounding pavilions. Gen Thanasak has confirmed the undertaking will be concluded on time. 

The site features constructions and adornments reflecting the Kingdom’s noble history, and HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s impressive achievements such as a spired throne, model paddy field, Chaipattana aerator, Monkey Cheek water retention project and various kinds of plants involved in the late monarch’s development projects. 

The royal cremation is scheduled for 25th-29th October. The cremation venue will subsequently be open to the public between 1st and 30th November.

-- nnt 2017-09-22

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MOPH prepares medical units for royal cremation


NONTHABURI, 28 September 2017 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has prepared medical units to serve the general public during the Royal Cremation. 

Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsattayathorn said that preparations for the royal cremation ceremony for His late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej will include the availability of medical professionals and paramedics stationed around the ceremonial grounds and the Grand Palace, along with a patient referring system in case of an emergency. 

MOPH officials will work in cooperation with paramedic units from the military to provide first aid and other medical services when needed. 

Deputy Public Health Ministry Permanent-Secretary Sophon Mekthon said that the MOPH had instructed the Bureau of Health Emergency Response to open an Emergency Operation Center and the Department of Medical Services to assign medical professionals to take care of the general public at the 21 main service spots and 113 funeral flower laying spots, as well as mobilizing officials at remote ceremonial venues across the country, and ensure the availability of ambulances and equipment needed to transport patients in case of emergency. 

Volunteers will be accepted to help with the medics to ensure that members of the public will be taken care of, as the volunteers must first undergo first-aid and life-saving training courses. 

The MOPH's medical service centers at the royal plaza has provided services to 3.2 million people since the commencement of the Royal Funeral ceremony. The service centers will be operational until the last day the general public are allowed to enter the Grand Palace to pay homage to the late monarch.

-- nnt 2017-09-28

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Grand Palace mourner checkpoints now open round the clock

By The Nation




Two locations where mourners are screened before entering the Grand Palace to pay respects before the Royal Urn are to remain open round the clock through October 5.

The Royal Household Bureau’s earlier announcement that Saturday (September 30) would be the final day for citizens to view the urn of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej sent the number of people queuing skyrocketing in the past week, to 60,000-70,000 per day.


His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has responded by extending the lying-in-state period to October 5, giving mourners from across the country more time to pay homage.


The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order around the Grand Palace on Thursday said the operating hours for two visitor screening points – at the Rattankosin Hotel and the Territorial Defence Command Circle – would be extended to 24 hours a day.


The Grand Palace and adjacent Temple of the Emerald Buddha will be closed to all visitors from October 6-29 amid preparations for the royal funeral.


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30328011

-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-09-29

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