More than 7,000 seats will be prepared for dignitaries participating in the Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the royal cremation day, 26 October 2017.
Speaking after a meeting of the Committee on Ceremonies for the Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam stated that the seats would be arranged at the Sanam Luang ceremonial ground.
The Bureau of the Royal Household has asked the Government to arrange the seats, around 7,000 to 7,500 in number. Out of this number, 5,000 are likely to be reserved for dignitaries and 2,000 for those performing their duties in the processions for the Royal Cremation Ceremony.
The general public will not be allowed to enter the ceremonial site during the Royal Cremation Ceremony. However, officials will allow them to stay in the National Theater area, where public performances are held. Participants in the Royal Cremation Ceremony will not be allowed to come to the ceremonial site in their private cars. Special buses will be arranged for them.
On the royal cremation day, the symbolic royal cremation begins at 17.00 hr, while the actual royal cremation begins at 22.00 hr. the Government has declared the royal cremation day a public holiday.
Mr. Wissanu said that people in Bangkok, the provinces, and foreign countries will be invited to lay sandalwood flowers for the Royal Cremation Ceremony. Each respective area will designate the venues where sandalwood flowers offered by the people will be collected.
The general public will be allowed to lay sandalwood flowers twice: before the royal cremation day and on the royal cremation day. The arrangement is meant to ease congestion, as a great number of people are expected to join this event. A number of sandalwood flowers offered by the people will be sent to Bangkok for use in the Royal Cremation Ceremony. The remainder will be burnt at designated temples in respective areas.
In Bangkok, 80 floral niches are expected to be arranged for the public to lay sandalwood flowers. Temples, private offices, and other workplaces are also allowed to arrange their own floral niches.
During the Royal Cremation Ceremony, the Government has called for the public’s cooperation in not arranging entertainment events.