Ten million brochures will be distributed

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TAT Minister says foreign tourists are welcome to witness the historical royal cremation 

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.

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Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul wished to assure visitors that foreign tourists are welcome to witness the historical royal cremation, which will be held from 25 to 29 October in Bangkok. Concurrently, the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Yuthasak Supasorn, stated that TAT offices nationwide and abroad have adjusted all marketing strategies to conform to the ceremony. He added that tourists visiting the Kingdom during the period will be asked to observe the funeral dress code if they are in the vicinity of the ceremonies or visiting temples. The TAT Governor concluded that domestic and foreign tourists can travel as usual and engage in tourism activities as deemed appropriate.

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 QR codes for further details. More meetings are to be held to finalize details of the tours, including how visitors should dress.

The Office of Traditional Arts announced that the compilation of artistic knowledge on the construction of the Royal Crematorium is now 65 percent completed. The complete body of artistic knowledge will also be available to the public in the form of books. The collection process is expected to be completed in December, while the entire artistic compilation will also be presented in an exhibition from 1 to 30 November 2017, which is after the cremation ceremony has concluded.

The College of Dramatic Arts in Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, recently arranged a full rehearsal for the traditional Thai dances in honor of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, with participation from more than 400 performers. Pakorn Pornpisut, a specialist at the Office of Performing Arts, Fine Arts Department, revealed that the performances are aimed at expressing the Thai people’s gratitude to the late monarch. The dances include certain episodes of the Ramayana epic which were favored by His late Majesty and were often performed at his command when receiving his guests. The performances are scheduled to be conducted during the royal cremation ceremony on 26 October, in front of the Royal Merit-Making Pavilion, where H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and members of the royal family will be seated.