The funeral pyre for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej is expected to be ready before or during the month of September 2017. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was also called King Rama IX, died on 13 October after many years of ill health. He was 88-years-old.
The Thai government announced on Monday that construction of the pyre will begin next year. Meetings of the committee for the royal pyre-building will be held next Monday, 28 November regarding the construction. There will be skilled artists who are part of the creation of the pyre, as well. They will help with the building and decorations. A model of the pyre will be built first to ensure that all the details are just right for the construction.
The cremation pyre is expected to be placed in front of the Grand Palace in a 74.5-rai Sanam Luang public square. However, the exact location has not yet been finalised according to The Bangkok Post. The Thai newspaper spoke with General Tanasak Patimapragorn. He is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Thailand.
He told The Bangkok Post, “The exact location of the pyre will be known by 10 January.”
The Deputy Prime Minister also said to reporters, “Building is expected to be completed before September 2017, but it depends on the weather.”
The government also said that over 8,000 people are expected to be part of the cremation ceremony.
Following Buddhist tradition, daily funeral rites have been held for the late King of Thailand in Bangkok at the Grand Palace.
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will succeed his father as King of Thailand on 1 December after 50 days of mourning. His father was the longest reigning monarch in the world at the time of his death in mid-October. The late monarch celebrated his 70th year on the throne in June of this year.