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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
- 13th October is a new public holiday marking the death of King Bhumibol. This will take place every year from now onwards.
- The royal funeral will take place from 25th to 29th October 2017.
- The actual cremation ceremony will take place on Thursday 26th October.
- 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 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 rehearsals for the royal procession at Sanam Luang on 7th, 15th and 21st October. It is not confirmed, but you should be able to take photos of this. But please dress respectfully
- The royal crematorium on Sanam Luang will be open to the public from 1st to 30th November, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- The BTS skytrain will be free all day on 26th October. On the 25th and 27th October, only the extensions from On Nut to Samrong, and Wongwian Yai to Bang Wa will be free.
- The BRT bus service from Sathon to Ratchapreuk will be free from 25th to 27th October
- The MRT subway will be free all day on 26th October
- The Airport Rail Link and the Purple Line will be free on 25th-26th October
- There will be free boat services from 9am to 4pm on 25th-26th October, and from 10am to 3pm on 27th October. The boat service will go from the Commerce Ministry pier, the Nonthaburi pier and the Rama VIII Bridge pier in the North, and from Sathorn pier and Tha Pimarn pier in the South.
- 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 piers temporarily, 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.
- 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.
- The flying of drones is banned over much of Bangkok from 25th-29th October. The air exclusion zone extends for a radius of 19km from the Grand Palace.
- The one-year mourning period has been extended by 15 days until 27th October
- Flags to be flown at half mast from 13-27 October.
- The public are asked not to organize any festivities during the month of October
- Thai TV stations will go black and white from 1st October. Until 20th October they have to stop or reduce the number of entertainment shows. From 21-24 October there will only be programs about King Bhumibol. From 25-29 October only the funeral of King Bhumibol will be aired
If you want some more background information about the royal funeral and the crematorium, then please visit this website www.kingrama9.net. The following are direct links to the highlights:
- The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
- The royal crematorium
- Royal chariots and palanquins
TIMELINE OF FUNERAL:
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.
Recommendations regarding the Royal Cremation for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Issued on 7 October, 2017
The Royal Cremation Ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled for 25-29 October, 2017. Thursday, 26 October, will be the Royal Cremation Day, and it has been declared a public holiday in Thailand by the Royal Thai Government to allow the people to take part in paying a final tribute to the late King.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the following recommendations to visitors to Thailand during this historic period.
- The world is welcome to visit Thailand during this historic period. Visitors to the kingdom at this time will get to see the great love and reverence that the Thai people have for their beloved King in the way they mourn and pay their tribute.
- During this time, Thailand is thankful for our friends coming to share their sadness and pass on their condolences. This gesture of empathy and friendship will be remembered by the people of Thailand for decades to come.
- Tourist attractions and public places should all be open as usual. All transport, banks, shopping areas, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual, with the exception of:
- Bangkok’s Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha will be closed from 1-29 October, 2017.
- The Arts of the Kingdom Museum has been closed from 1 October, 2017, for renovations to the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall of Dusit Palace in Bangkok. The Arts of the Kingdom exhibition will be moved for temporary display from February 2018 to the SUPPORT Centre at Ko Kerd, Ayutthaya.
- The Sanam Chandra Palace in Nakhon Pathom is also closed for renovations from 1 October.
- All Tesco Lotus outlets nationwide will be closed for half a day, from 14.00 Hrs. on 26 October, and will reopen on 27 October.
- All Major Cineplex Group’s cinemas nationwide will be closed for one day on 26 October, and will reopen on 27 October
- Siam Niramit in Bangkok and Phuket will be closed on 26 October.
- Both Dream World and Safari World theme parks in Bangkok will be closed on 26 October.
- In Chonburi, tourist attractions that will be closed for one day on 26 October, 2017, have included Burapha University’s Eastern Center of Art and Culture; Alcazar Carbaret, Tiffany’s and KAAN Shows; Tuxedo Illusion Hall; Space Inspirium; Flight of the Gibbon and Lazgam.
- Many Thai people will be wearing black clothes as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors, but if possible, they should wear respectful clothing when in public.
- We understand that this should not be a problem as long as visitors wear appropriate attire and behave respectfully. Once again, the world is welcome to Thailand during this historic period, and Thailand is thankful for our friends coming to share their sadness and pass on their condolences.
- Some of the traditional festivals may be taking place as usual although the celebrations may be omitted or subdued as a mark of respect, or the events may be dedicated to the memory of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Some festivals could be cancelled if it is felt they are not appropriate with the public mood.
- Entertainment venues may be closed and certain entertainment events and activities may be cancelled or omitted, or subdued as deemed appropriate, as a mark of respect. Visitors are advised to check local media regularly for announcements and updates.
- We would like to ask visitors for their understanding that this is a sensitive time for Thailand, and they should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people.
- We also would like to request that the solemnity of the Royal Cremation is observed, and visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour.
- During the historic period, in some areas, transportation could be affected. We ask tourists and visitors for their understanding and patience should they experience delays or some routes may be closed to traffic.
- In order to facilitate the travel of people who wish to attend the Royal Cremation, many public transport operators including city trains, buses and boats, provincial buses and trains, will be offering free or more services on 25 to 27 October as per the following:
- Airport Rail Link offers free services from 25- 27 October.
- The BTS SkyTrain offers free services on 26 October. On 25 and 27 October, the free services will apply only on the extensions from On Nut to Samrong Station and from Wongwian Yai to Bang Wa Stations.
- The MRT Subway offers free services on 26 October. On 25 and 27 October, free services will apply only on the Purple Line.
- The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) offers free services on 25-27 October on the Sathon-Ratchaphruek route.
- The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority has scheduled more public buses. It will also offer shuttle buses on 32 routes to Sanam Luang.
- Boat services in Khlong Padueng Krung Kasem from Hua Lamphong to Thewarat Market and in Khlong Phasi Charoen from Phetchkasem Soi 69 to Pratunam Phasi Charoen will be free of charge during 25-27 October.
- Ferries crossing the Chao Phraya River from Phran Nok Pier to Tha Chang Pier will be free of charge. As Phra Chan Nuea, Maharaj, and the Tha Chang Piers will be temporarily closed, tourists are advised to use the ferries at the Pinklao Pier on the Bangkok side instead, as well as, Rajinee Pier instead of the Tha Tian Pier.
- On 26 October, the Chao Phraya Express Boat offers free boat services from Sathon Pier to Phran Nok Pier, and from Phran Nok Pier to Nonthaburi Pier. From 25-27 October, the express boat will not stop at Tha Phra Athit, Tha Chang, and Tha Rajinee Piers.
- The State Railway of Thailand has scheduled more train services to Bangkok.
- The Transport Company International has scheduled more bus services to Bangkok.
- The economic sector should continue even during this time, so the service levels should not be affected.
- Please visit: http://www.kingrama9.net/EN for more details on the Royal Cremation Ceremony.
- Visitors are also advised to check any local media regularly for the official announcements and updates from the local authorities.
Issued by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Road and river closures for King Bhumibol’s funeral in October
During the funeral of the late King Bhumibol from 25-29 October 2017, 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. These will take place on 7th, 15th and 21st October.
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:
- Ratchadamnoen Nai Road (ถนนราชดำเนินใน)
- Sanam Chai Road (ถนนสนามไชย)
- Lak Mueang Road (ถนนหลักเมือง)
- Kalayana Maitri Road (ถนนกัลยาณไมตรี)
- Charoenkrung Road (ถนนเจริญกรุง)
- Phra Phiphit Road (ถนนพระพิพิธ)
- Thai Wang Road (ถนนท้ายวัง)
- Maha Rat Road – next to Grand Palace (ถนนมหาราช)
- Maha Rat Road – next to Wat Mahathat (ถนนมหาราช)
- Phra Chan Road (ถนนพระจันทร์)
- Setakarn Road (ถนนเศรษฐการ)
- Chetuphon (ถนนเชตุพน)
- Phraya Phet Road (ถนนพระยาเพชร)
- Na Phra Lan Road (ถนนหน้าพระลาน)
- Na Phra That Road (ถนนหน้าพระธาตุ)
- Rachini Road (ถนนราชินี)
- Phra Arthit Road (ถนนพระอาทิตย์)
- 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. The rehearsal is due to start at about 7:00 am and last until about 1:00 pm. 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 on 25th-29th October to make it easy for VIPs to reach the Royal Crematorium site on Sanam Luang.
- Charoenkrung Road (ถนนเจริญกรุง)
- Surawongse Road (ถนนสุรวงศ์)
- Rama VI Road (ถนนพระราม6)
- Phitsanulok Road (ถนนพิษณุโลก)
- Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (ถนนราชดำเนิน)
- Ploenchit Road (ถนนเพลินจิต)
- South Sathon Road (ถนนสาธรใต้)
- Sathon Nua Road (ถนนสาธรเหนือ)
- Rama IV Road (ถนนพระราม)
- Sukhumwit Road (ถนนสุขุมวิท)
- Wireless Road (ถนนวิทยุ)
- Ratchadamnoen Nai Road (ถนนราชดำเนิน)
- Sanam Chai Road (ถนนสนามไชย)
The rehearsal dates haven’t been released yet. However, I just heard that there might be a quick rehearsal of road closures at 10:00 pm on 5th October.
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.
Weitere nützliche Hinweise findfen Sie hier:
der Königlich Thailändischen Botschaft
Königlich Thailändischen Generalkonsulats
Official Holidays 2017 / 2560
Änderungen bei den gesetzlichen Feiertagen
Mit sofortiger Wirkung werden nachfolgende Feiertage gestrichen bzw. neu eingeführt:
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Eingeführt: 28. Juli - Geburtstag Rama X
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