THE Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha will be closed to tourists and visitors until the end of this month but will be open for visits as usual from November 1, 2016 onwards, Thai PBS said today.
According to the announcement of the Bureau of the Royal Household, no tickets will be sold to visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha until October 31 to facilitate the entry of people to pay their respects to the body of His Majesty the King.
The bureau said members of the public will be allowed to pay their respects to His Majesty the King’s body at Dusit Throne Hall after the 15-day Royal funeral ceremonies ends.
People will be allowed into the Throne Hall from October 28 at 1.00 p.m., and the following days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..
Meanwhile merit-making ceremonies for His Majesty the late King were held across the nation to mark the seventh day of his passing away last Thursday.
In each province where merit-making was held, 89 monks were invited to the religious ceremony to receive alms from local government officials and members of the public at the city town hall.
At Klai Kangwon summer palace in Hua Hin, Hua Hin mayor led civil servants and local residents to offer alms to 89 monks in front of the palace.
In Krabi province, about 10,000 people observed a moment of silence amid rain in remembrance of the King.
At the gathering to remember the King, they pledged to follow the King’s advice as guidelines in leading their lives.
In Chumphon, the governor and about 50,000 locals sang the King’s anthem and paraded to form the number 9 at the ground in front of the government center to show their gratitude for the King’s help for locals to survive massive flood and his royal projects in water management
In Chiang Mai, the governor led government officials, soldiers, police officers, and the private sector to offer alms to 89 monks at the Three Kings Monument plaza.
In Phichit, provincial governors and about 5,000 people observed nine-minute silence and line up in form of alphabets, portraying the message “I LOVE 9” to show their loyalty to the beloved King, the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty and their gratitude to the King’s dedication to help his subjects.
Top: Mourners surround the Grand Palace last night.