More than ten million brochures will be distributed to the people who come to offer sandalwood flowers at the Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The brochure, both in Thai and English, consists of the contents of the late King’s life and work, and the schedule of the Royal Cremation Ceremony. The application “Zappar” and AR codes will also be launched to enable people to access the virtual brochure free of charge.
The Ministry of Culture has made preparations for the public to be able to view and tour structures created for the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, from 1 to 30 November 2017, opening 07.00 to 22.00 hr daily. The tour will include all structures built for the proceedings, as well as an exhibition on His Majesty the late King's royal works and life. Replicas of the structures and information will be available during the tour, with visitors able to scan AR codes for further details. More meetings are to be held to finalize details of the tours, including how visitors should dress.
Mr. Kampol Tansajja, Director of Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Pattaya, which is in charge of gardening in Sanam Luang, recently stated that the agency is currently in the process of planting large perennial trees around the Royal Merit-Making Pavilion, in accordance with the landscaping design by the Fine Arts Department. The trees include 50 ebony trees and over 100 Siamese rough bushes, which are species commonly found in palaces and temples around Thailand. Small to medium-sized ornamental and flowering plants will be put in the ground around the royal crematorium when the structure is finished, as expected in early October. Among the selected plants are golden leaved liana, orange jessamine, marigold and ground orchid, most of which have yellow leaves or flowers. Saplings have already been grown beforehand so that the flowers will be in full bloom when they are brought to Sanam Luang for the royal cremation ceremony.
A total of 85 replicas of the Royal Crematorium have been constructed nationwide. Out of this number, 76 are located in 76 provinces and nine in Bangkok and nearby provinces, including the Royal Plaza, Lan Khon Mueang in front of the Bangkok City Hall, the former Headquarters of the Government Lottery Office, Nagaraphirom Park, King Rama I Monument area, the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC), King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Buddhamonthon in Nakhon Pathom, and Thupatemi Royal Thai Air Force Sports Stadium in Pathum Thani.
Under the initiative of H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, the Government has invited Thai people to be volunteers during the Royal Cremation Ceremony for H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October. The registration started on 1 September and runs through 30 September every day in Bangkok and in provinces all over the country. In Bangkok, those who are interested in joining may apply for registration at the reception building of Sanam Sua Pa and all 50 district offices. For persons in the provinces, registration can be done at all district offices. Overseas Thais can also apply at Thai embassies or consular offices.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has revealed that the replicas of the Royal Crematorium – which are being built in Bangkok and other provinces - will be completed by 15 October 2017. He also reassured the public that people could still come to pay their respects to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as usual until further notice.