Royal Cremation – Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Royal Cremation – Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The Royal Cremation for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Combination of grandeur and Thai’s historic architecture, all elegant curves and frills. It’s a stunning architecture will leave you mesmerised from the minute you lay eyes on it. The design magnificence, traditional era of aesthetic design with thorny pinnacles, built on a 4 storey square foundation. That is The Royal Cremation for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is also called Phra Meru Mas in Thai language.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej - Royal CremationThere have 9 Busabok (Thai architecture style) shape buildings surrounded the crematorium. The main Busabok, Principal Pavilion atop with a 7 tiers dais and 9 tiers umbrella of state. The cremation pyre is set here on the uppermost dais to place the royal funerary urn. It is a folding screen connected at the poles of the crematorium on all four sides called the fireguard screens painted in Vishnu reincarnation and the Royal Initiative Projects.

King Bhumibol - Principal PavilionAnother 4 Busabok, Chanting Pavilion located in 4 corners of the Royal Crematorium base. It’s the place for monks who chant scriptures at the ceremony from the time the royal remains are placed on the funeral pyre until His Majesty the King performs the Royal Cremation Ceremony. Four shifts of monks are employed for the task.

King Bhumibol-Government Official PavilionThe last 4 Dismantling Halls are used to keep the Outer Royal Urn (Phra Kot Thong Yai) and the Sandalwood Royal Urn (Phra Kot Chan). After the inner urn is placed on the funeral pyre (Phra Chittakathan), as well as for keeping various items used in the Royal Cremation Ceremony, such as wood charcoal, sandalwood flowers, and water bowls.

My Trip

King Bhumibol - Royal Dhamma PavilionI have a change to visit the Royal Crematorium when I transit from Bangkok to Hong Kong. Due to 12 hours waiting, so I have enough time to make a trip. Since I have missed the cremation ceremony place on October 26, 2017, with this in mind, I should pay my last respect to the Thailand’s late King Bhumibol.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej - Royal Crematorium IlluminationThe Royal Crematorium located at the main thoroughfare in downtown, within easy reach in Bangkok city, you can arrive there by taxi or bus. There have limits number of visitor to entry the exhibition area, but don’t worry, a lot of chair prepared for waiting purpose. First, you need to stand by the Identity Document at scanning area, after that just follow the crowd to the waiting zone. There also provide mineral water and umbrella if raining.

King Bhumibol - Royal Crematorium RainingUnfortunately, I met a raining cats and dogs day, I was head-over-heels getting wet. In order to capture some perfect shoot, I don’t mind my shirt cling humidly to my body. The pouring rain becomes light drizzle, the visitor come out from the eaves and start exploring with umbrella provided. The more beautiful the night, when the building illuminated, as artistic as it is architectural.

King Bhumibol - Crematorium Night ViewAmbled towards in a gentle breeze with fine rain, allowing you to truly enjoy the invariably elegant landmark. I set my camera on my tripod and loop around with umbrella to get a perfect angle. Much of inconvenient, but the elaborate design was impressive me to forget all the trouble. My mood is exultant and dip in capturing every possible gorgeous view. Strolling in the vast open spaces with my camera, and I not realise that my outfit getting wet too. That is a wonderful experience for me, hope I will get a chance to visit here again.

Phuket

King Bhumibol - Phuket CrematoriumThe people in Phuket also show the deep condolence to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. There also built a Royal Crematorium for the grand cremation ceremony at Saphan Hin, on the same day as Bangkok. Mural art drawing of the King hanging surround the area for commemorate, telling people of his story.

King Bhumibol - Phra Meru MasKing Bhumibol - Phuket Cremation

Royal Biography of the Great King

Born on Monday the 5th of December 1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, HRH Phra Ong Chao Bhumibol Adulyadej was the youngest of the three children of HRH Prince Mahidol of Songkla and Mom Sangwal, later bestowed to be HRH Princess Srinagarindra, the Princess Mother. HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej Borommanathbobitra was educated at Mater Dei School, Bangkok and continued his studies in Switzerland and eventually enrolled in the Faculty of Science at Lausanne University. But after ascending the throne following his brother, he decided to change his studies to political science and law, to equip himself with the knowledge he deemed necessary and appropriate for his role as Head of State.

King Bhumibol AdulyadejHis Majesty succeeded to the throne on Sunday the 9th of June 1964 according to the Law of Succession, becoming the 9th King of the Chakri Dynasty.

After completing his studies in Switzerland, His Majesty returned to Thailand where, on Friday the 28th of April 1950, he married Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kittiyakara, who then was elevated to be Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

King Bhumibol - Thai Money MuralFollowing the traditional court practice, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Borommanathbobitra was crowned on Friday the 5th of May 1950 when he gave the first oath of  accession; ” We shall reign with righteousness for the benefit, and happiness of the Siamese people.”

Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej Borommanathbobitra and Queen Sirikit have four issues:

Princess Ubolratana

His Majesty King Maha Vijiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn

His Majesty entered the monkhood from Monday the 13th of October to Monday the 5th of November 1956 according to the Thai tradition. He was ordained at the Chapel Royal of the Grand Palace (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) given the monastic name of “Bhumibola Bhikku” and resided in Wat Bovornnives.

Over his reign, His Majesty was recognized in terms of:

The greatest king;

His renowned exceptional talents;

Devotion to his subjects;

Royal intiatives for sustainable development;

Worldwide known monarch.

His Majesty passed away on Thursday the 13th of October 2016 at the age 89, having reigned for 70 years, the longest reign in Thai history.

(sources Royal Biography from officer flyer)

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