Long lines at palace in Bangkok to pay tribute to late Thai King ahead of closing of hall

Thousands of people formed long lines outside Thailand's Grand Palace to lay prostrate before the Royal Urn and pay respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok on Sept 24, 2017.
Thousands of people formed long lines outside Thailand's Grand Palace to lay prostrate before the Royal Urn and pay respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok on Sept 24, 2017.PHOTO: THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Thousands of people formed long lines outside Thailand's Grand Palace in Bangkok on Sunday (Sept 24) as they waited their turn to lay prostrate before the Royal Urn and pay respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The late monarch died on Oct 13, 2016.

With the Royal Cremation Ceremonies scheduled to take place next month, the Royal Household Bureau has set Sept 30 as the last day for mourners to pay respects before the Royal Urn inside the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

Since the planned closing of the hall to members of the public was announced in mid-September, the turnout of mourners at the Grand Palace has increased significantly.