Final goodbye to Thai King

Thai artists performed the Khon dance, a traditional Thai masked performance based on the Hindu epic Ramayana, or Ramakien in Thai, for their final farewell to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in the area of the Royal Crematorium in Bangkok on Monday.

Over the past 10 months, the country's top artisans have built a 50m-high, three-tiered golden crematorium for King Bhumibol's royal cremation ceremony, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow and is part of five days of funeral rites.

The structure represents Mount Meru, the centre of the Hindu and Buddhist universe, where it is believed Thai royals return to after death, reported The Guardian.

Thousands of volunteers, musicians and performers will be involved in the ceremony, while close to 80,000 security personnel will be deployed.

About 250,000 mourners are expected to descend on Bangkok during this period.

King Bhumibol died at the age of 88 in Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital on Oct 13 last year after 70 years on the throne, making him the world's longest-serving monarch.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2017, with the headline 'Final goodbye to Thai King'. Print Edition | Subscribe