Royal cremation for late Thailand king attracted more than 250,000 people

Published on : Friday, October 27, 2017

thailandThe funeral cremation ceremony for Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej took place in Bangkok where hundreds of thousands of people lined up to view this historic event and pay their last respect.


Marked by drums, flute music and an artillery salute, a symbolic funeral urn was taken by chariot to the cremation site.


Many nearby building were covered with garland of yellow marigold and the crowd wore black attire as a mark of respect.


The five-day funeral officially started on Wednesday with a merit-making ceremony, a Buddhist rite, in the Grand Palace. These Buddhist rites took place ahead of the procession.


His son, King Maha Vajiralongkorn cremated the late king in a royal pyre.


The chariot carrying the urn in the second part of the funeral procession has been used since the late 18th Century. Weighing just under 14 tonnes, it was pulled by more than 200 soldiers.


The urn was then carried for several rounds around the cremation site, for the last leg of the procession. The preparations for this event were taking place since almost a year and it included setting up the large cremation complex near the palace.


More than 250,000 people from across Thailand gathered around to be a witness of this major country event.



The king died in October 2016 aged 88.

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