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Everything you need to know about the Royal Cremation period in Bangkok

October 3, 2017

Published on Oct 3, 2017

The Royal Cremation (Oct 25-29) will be the event of a lifetime. To help you pay your final respects, and to know how the Royal Cremation will affect life in Bangkok, we've put together this guide to the period. 

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Starting Oct 25, the Royal Cremation ceremonies will run until Oct 29 at Sanam Luang in the Old Town. The first day features a merit-making ceremony at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall at the Grand Palace. On the second day, the cremation itself will begin at Sanam Luang, where the late king’s body will be cremated. On the third day, the royal ashes will be collected, to be blessed on the fourth day during a second royal merit-making ceremony at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall. On the fifth day, the royal urn will be taken to the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

 Here is a list to key events and other changes to the normal running of Bangkok throughout that period. 

1. The funeral pyre will be set alight at 7pm, Oct 26

The 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, King's Own Bodyguard and the 1st Artillery Battalion, King's Guard on behalf of the Royal Thai Armed Forces will officially light the pyre, with events televised on channels 3, 7, 5, MCOT, Thai PBS, NBT.

2. There will be free public transport from Oct 25-27 to help people reach Sanam Luang

To ease traffic congestion, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has announced that the BRT, public boats and parts of the BTS will be free to use on Oct 25-27. According to Thai PBS, the full Sukhumvit and Silom BTS lines will be free on Oct 26, with the On Nut-Samrong and Wongwian Yai-Bang Wa extensions free for the full three days. The MRT subway will also be free all day on Oct 26.

3. The Royal Crematorium zone will stay open to the public for one month following the ceremonies

Brought to life in just nine months (a project this size would normally take three years), HM King Bhumibol’s funeral pyre represents the pinnacle of modern Thai craftsmanship. The Royal Crematorium zone surrounding the pyre will stay open for one month following the cremation to give people a chance to witness the incredibly intricate building. It will be open to the public from 7am-10pm, Nov 1-30.


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