The Royal Cremation of King Rama IX took place at the grand Royal Crematorium, which symbolize the mythical Mount Sumeru and was built for the late King. It is believed in mythology that Heaven sits on top of Mount Sumeru and that the late King will reside there following his Royal Cremation.
Royalty and dignitaries from 40 countries attended the cremation. Before departing Sanam Luang Grounds, they laid funeral flowers at the royal urn. In addition to the official guests, hundreds of thousands of people had gathered around the Sanam Luang grounds to pay their final respects. H.E the late King Bhumibol who passed away at age 88, was considered a rare unifying figure in Thailand’s turbulent history. Due to his extensive visits to rural areas in Thailand and his efforts to improve the lives of the masses, the late King was widely popular throughout Thailand. Many people had therefore travelled for hours from the countryside to pay their respects to the late king.
The cremation ceremony which began on Wednesday will continue until Sunday. Today, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun arrived at the royal crematorium to collect the relics and ashes of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. On Saturday His Majesty the King will conduct a merit-making ceremony and pay respect to the royal relics at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall. On Sunday the royal relices will be transferred to the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall, and the royal ashes will be moved from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to Wat Rachabophit Sathit Maha Simaram and Wat Bowonniwet Vihara.