Buses to be rerouted in Bangkok to allow for practice royal cremation
Thailand’s Transport Ministry has issued an announcement saying buses in central Bangkok will be rerouted this weekend. The change affects all bus routes which pass close to the city’s Sanam Luang Park and the Grand Palace for the two days.
The routes are being changed to allow a practice run for the funeral and cremation rites of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to take place. The bus routes affected are numerous but include the Number 2 service between Pak Klong Flower Market and the Imperial Samrong.
12GO ASIA says the bus reroutes are bound to cause some delays when travelling in Bangkok this weekend. The buses themselves will likely be packed with mourners heading for the Grand Palace to pay their last respects to the much loved King Bhumibol.
Thailand started the official mourning period for King Bhumibol today and this will run through until the 29 October. Thais and tourists have been asked to wear clothing with toned down colours for the duration. The government also says loud entertainment is banned during the mourning period and there might be days when the sale of alcohol is prohibited too.
Today is a national holiday in Thailand. The 23 October marks the death of one of the nation’s favourite monarchs, King Chulalongkorn, in 1910. Due to the upcoming funeral rites for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, today’s ceremonies will probably be very subdued.
City authorities in Bangkok are offering free travel on trains and buses for the Royal Cremation rites on Thursday. According to the official King Rama 9 website, services on the BRT bus, MRT underground and BTS Skytrain will offer free travel for all passengers.
A traditional ceremony held at Phuket’s Jui Tui Shrine yesterday evening ushered in the 2017 edition of the island’s vegetarian festival. The island’s governor, Norraphat Plodthong, oversaw a lantern-hoisting ceremony known as Seng Ko Teng Thiao at exactly 17:09.