World’s longest-ruling beloved Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s five-day funeral Ceremony to be held in Bangkok begins tomorrow. Thousand of Thai mourners have begun to camp out along streets in Bangkok to secure themselves a place.
The Buddhist ceremony has taken nearly a year to plan and is expected to cost three billion baht (around £68million).Around 250,000 people are expected to attend, and hotels across the Thai capital have been fully booked up for weeks.
Crowds braved a tropical downpour today to set up makeshift shelters along the funeral procession route to guarantee themselves a spot.One of the mourners, Chalermporn Paebutr, a 72-year-old from northern Thailand, said she was determined to bid farewell to the much-loved monarch.
She told: ”I traveled here two days ago so that I could be the first to get a good spot.
“We only have to brave the rain for a few days. This is worth it if we can be near him one last time.”
Large parts of Thailand has been hit by severe floods in recent weeks and nine people are reported to have died since October 10.But officials have insisted the floods will not impact the funeral “in any way”.
A national holiday has been declared for Thursday, October 26, when the king’s remains are to be cremated.
New Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the late king’s only son, will lead the ceremony at a purpose-built site, featuring gold-tipped pavilions, near the city’s famous Grand Palace.
The Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej took the throne following World War Two and was the world’s longest-ruling monarch when he died aged 88 last year.
He was well known for his charity work and was viewed by many Thais as a unifier during politically turbulent times.
Following his death on October 13 2016, the title of world’s longest reigning monarch passes to Queen Elizabeth II, who has ruled for more than 64 years.