Recommendations regarding the Royal Cremation for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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, 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.
»»Sanam Luang and the Ratchadamnoen Nai Avenue will be closed from 8 – 30 October in preparation for the Royal Cremation Ceremony.
»»Many business and attractions in Thailand have announced temporary closure on 26 October, for more details, please visit: Updates regarding temporary closure of businesses and attractions on 26 October

- 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.

Read more: TAT News 

 

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