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Everything you need to know about King Bhumibol funeral


The royal funeral will take place from 25th to 29th October 2017.The actual cremation ceremony will take place on Thursday 26th October. 13th October is a new public holiday marking the death of King Bhumibol. This will take place every year from now onwards. 26th October has been declared a public holiday so that people can attend the funeral. This is a temporary holiday for this year only. People can go to the Grand Palace to pay last respects until 5th October. The palace will be open 24 hours a day.

During the funeral of the late King Bhumibol from, there will be a number of road and river closures. In addition, there will be road closures in advance during the major rehearsals for the processions.

The following 18 roads around Sanam Luang will be closed during the rehearsals for the royal funeral on 7th, 15th and 21st October and during the funeral from 25-29 October 2017:

  1. Ratchadamnoen Nai Road (ถนนราชดำเนินใน)
  2. Sanam Chai Road (ถนนสนามไชย)
  3. Lak Mueang Road (ถนนหลักเมือง)
  4. Kalayana Maitri Road (ถนนกัลยาณไมตรี)
  5. Charoenkrung Road (ถนนเจริญกรุง)
  6. Phra Phiphit Road (ถนนพระพิพิธ)
  7. Thai Wang Road (ถนนท้ายวัง)
  8. Maha Rat Road – next to Grand Palace (ถนนมหาราช)
  9. Maha Rat Road – next to Wat Mahathat (ถนนมหาราช)
  10. Phra Chan Road (ถนนพระจันทร์)
  11. Setakarn Road (ถนนเศรษฐการ)
  12. Chetuphon (ถนนเชตุพน)
  13. Phraya Phet Road (ถนนพระยาเพชร)
  14. Na Phra Lan Road (ถนนหน้าพระลาน)
  15. Na Phra That Road (ถนนหน้าพระธาตุ)
  16. Rachini Road (ถนนราชินี)
  17. Phra Arthit Road (ถนนพระอาทิตย์)
  18. Soi Saranrom (ซอยสราญรมย์)

For the first rehearsal on Saturday 7th October, they will close these 18 roads around Sanam Luang from 10:00 pm on the night before. You are allowed to go and watch, but dress in black and carry photo identification.

The following 13 roads will be partially closed for “road closure rehearsals” and during the royal funeral:

  1. Charoenkrung Road (ถนนเจริญกรุง)
  2. Surawongse Road (ถนนสุรวงศ์)
  3. Rama VI Road (ถนนพระราม6)
  4. Phitsanulok Road (ถนนพิษณุโลก)
  5. Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (ถนนราชดำเนิน)
  6. Ploenchit Road (ถนนเพลินจิต)
  7. South Sathon Road (ถนนสาธรใต้)
  8. Sathon Nua Road (ถนนสาธรเหนือ)
  9. Rama IV Road (ถนนพระราม)
  10. Sukhumwit Road (ถนนสุขุมวิท)
  11. Wireless Road (ถนนวิทยุ)
  12. Ratchadamnoen Nai Road (ถนนราชดำเนิน)
  13. Sanam Chai Road (ถนนสนามไชย)

There will be restrictions on boat movement on the Chao Phraya River from Krung Thon Bridge to King Taksin Bridge. The main periods of time are from noon to 9pm on 25th October, from 6am to 11pm on 26th October, and from 8am to 2pm on 27th October.The Chao Phraya Express Boat will not stop at Tha Chang, Tha Phra Arthit and Tha Rajinee pierstemporarily, but stop at Thewes pier in the northern part of the river and Talad Yodpimarn in the south instead. Ferries operating from Phra Chan Nuea, Maharaj, and Tha Chang piers will use Pinklao pier on the Bangkok side of the river while ferries which operate from Tha Tian pier will use Rajinee pier instead. Tourist boats will use Pinklao pier on the Bangkok side of the river as well as Rajinee pier.

The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha will be CLOSED to the public, including tourists, from 1st to 29th October 2017. It will re-open on 30th October.There will be no Muay Thai fights during October at Rajadamnern StadiumTK Park at CentralWorld will close on 26 OctoberAnanta Samakom Throne Hall and Vimanamek Teak Mansion are closed until further noticeParuskawan Palace and The Police Museum are closed from 1st to 31st October.There will be no steam train trip on 23rd October 2017Quite a few of the major tourist attractions, like Dream World, Safari World and Siam Niramit will close for one day on 26 October.

Everything else in Bangkok is open as normal during October.

The Full Moon, Half Moon and other parties on Koh Phangan have been cancelled during October.The Phuket Vegetarian Festival will go ahead as planned between 20th and 28th October. However, there will be no parades until the last day.The Phra Samut Chedi Temple Fair Parade on 10th October will go ahead. However, the actual temple fair has been postponed until November.October are both going ahead as planned. But there will be no outdoor concerts.

All buses, trains and airplanes are expected to be running as normal. But in the days leading up to the funeral, expect many people to converge on Bangkok and the area around Sanam Luang. They are putting on extra buses, trains and planes, but expect congestion.

Festivities to pay a final tribute and farewell to the His Majesty King Bhumibol and to mark the ending of an official mourning period include public performances, such as the khon masked drama, puppet shows, and orchestras. They will start at 6:00 p.m. on the Royal Cremation Day, 26 October 2017, and run through 6:00 a.m. on the following day.


25th October: A royal merit-making rite will be held to mark the start of the royal cremation ceremonies in the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall inside the Grand Palace. This will start at 5:30pm and will be broadcast live on all TV channels.

26th October: The body of the late King will be moved from the throne hall to the royal crematorium at Sanam Luang where the royal cremation will be held. This will take place at 7am. The cremation ceremony will be from 5:30pm and 10pm. The actual cremation will take place at 10pm.

27th October: Following the cremation, a royal ceremony will be held to collect the royal relics of the late King at the royal crematorium from 8am.

28th October: A royal merit-making rite for the royal relics will be held in the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall at 5:30pm.

29th October: A royal ceremony will be held to enshrine the royal relics at the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall at 10:30 a.m., and the ashes of the late King will be enshrined at Wat Rajabopit and Wat Bowon Niwet at 5:30pm.

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