Royal crematorium to be finished in September next year

The construction of the royal crematorium for the beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be finished by September next year.

This was revealed by the deputy prime minister who is in charge of royal crematorium building committee, Gen Tanasak Patimapragon, after yesterday’s site inspection of Sanam Luang, the site for the royal crematorium.

He said the Fine Arts Department will send officials to survey and to measure the area at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground to prepare the location for the construction of the royal crematorium.

A part of the Sanam Luang ceremonial ground near the Grand Palace is being cleared by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in preparation for the building of the royal crematorium by the Fine Arts Department.

The designated area for the construction will be handed over to the Fine Arts Department on January 10, 2017.

It is expected that the crematorium will be completed by September 2017.

He said the committee will call first meeting on November 28 to discuss the related to the development of royal cremation ceremony.

Representatives from the Royal Household Bureau and related agencies will attend the meeting to discuss the draft design of the royal crematorium, the sandalwood that will be used to build the crematorium as well as the recruitment of craftspeople in several delicate artworks.

General public interested in participating in the construction of the royal crematorium are welcomed, he said.

He also said the Fine Arts Department will hold a Brahmin ceremonial worship for the royal chariot and the royal palanquin on December 19 at 2.49 pm. at the National Museum where the vehicle is stored.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)