Thais pay their final respects to King Bhumibol

Thais pay their final respects to King Bhumibol
By Natalie Huet
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

Some 250,000 mourners are set to attend King Bhumibol's cremation on Thursday in Bangkok. Many have pitched tents to secure a spot.


Thailand on Wednesday marked the start of a lavish, five-day funeral for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last year aged 88.

King Bhumibol was regarded as a pillar of stability during a reign spanning seven decades.

His son, King Maha VarjiraLongKorn, led the ceremony inside Bangkok’s Grand palace.

The Buddhist funeral ceremony was mixed with Hindu rituals, and was attended by more than a hundred monks chanting prayers.

Meanwhile, crowds of mourners snaked around the capital’s streets, queuing to enter the area where the King’s body will be cremated on Thursday, in what’s been declared a national holiday.

People have been gathering there since Sunday night to secure a spot and get as close as possible to the ceremonial ground.

Mourner Yuwadee Tyler, who came from Tasmania, said her heart was “broken” when she heard news that her king had passed away.

The five-day ceremony took nearly a year to prepare, and the cremation is expected to draw around a quarter of a million people.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

US and South Korea join Thailand in massive military exercise

Spaniard facing death penalty in Thailand in gruesome murder and dismemberment case

Son of Spanish actor admits to killing and dismembering friend in Thailand, say police