What You Need To Know About The King’s Funeral
King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away on the 13th of October, 2016 at the age of 88, having reigned over Thailand for an amazing 70 years.
His funeral is set to take place this month as the nation completes a year of mourning for their beloved former monarch. Millions of people around the world have paid their respect to this legendary figure, who led an active role during his tenure as King of Thailand.
Born on the 5th of December, 1927, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States of America, he was the youngest son of Prince Mahidol Adulyadej and Princess Srinagarindra. His birth in the USA, came about due to his father studying at Harvard University. He arrived in his native Thailand in 1928, when his parents returned home.
He began school in Bangkok but much of his education was to be undertaken in Europe, commencing in Switzerland.
The king had a passion for photography and was fond of jazz and was in fact an accomplished saxophone player
His reign began on the 9th of June 1946 until the time of his death, when he was the longest reigning monarch in the world.
His funeral will take place from the 25th to the 29th of October, 2017, with the cremation occurring on Thursday 26th of October, which is a public holiday to permit people to attend the funeral.
As a mark of respect, many tourist attractions will be closed for the duration of the funeral, including the Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, both of which will be closed during the month of October, re-opening on the 30th of the month.
Rajadamnern Stadium will cease hosting Muay Thai contests during October.
Tourists should check whether attractions are opened before travelling to avoid disappointment. Most will carry on as normal but expect the majority to close for the 26th.
Many annual events have been postponed such as the Full Moon party but others will go ahead. Again, it is advisable to check before attending any event.
On the 26th, expect most shops and entertainment venues to be closed for business for part or all of the day.
Public transport should be unaffected by the proceedings but of course Bangkok will be teeming with visitors, so expect queues and delays along the way. You should plan any trips in advance, allowing additional time for travel.
The people of Thailand have been asked not to arrange any public activities or celebrations during October, again as a mark of respect.
Television programmes will appear in black and white only and may cease showing entertainment of any kind. Expect news to be displayed and the king’s funeral will be aired as it occurs.
Some Things You Cannot Do:
The public are not permitted to take photos of the royal family or the funeral ceremony, not that you likely to get close enough to so anyway. But best to avoid doing so.
Although there has been no official messages stating that bars will be closed, it is expected that all bars and clubs will be closed on the 26th and alcohol sales will be restricted. These restrictions of alcohol sales could cover the 27th and 28th of October too. It would be highly disrespectful for a bar to open during this time but we should wait for any announcement from the government.
Do not attempt to fly a drone anywhere near the vicinity of the funeral, unless you fancy spending time in jail. They are banned for 19 kilometres from the Grand Palace, effectively ruling out most of Bangkok.
As a mark of respect for Thailand’s revered former sovereign , people should avoid wearing garish or bright colours. You will find many people dressed in dark clothing, such as greys or black and many will wear black ribbons as a tribute to the king.
All at Love Pattaya hope that everyone shares the nation’s loss and pays their respects in a fitting manner.