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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's king is to be officially crowned in coronation ceremonies held May 4-6, the royal palace said in a statement on Tuesday.

 

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, has been serving as monarch since shortly after his father died in 2016 after a 70-year reign.

 

"His Majesty deems it fit to hold the coronation ceremony per royal traditions for the good fortune of the nation and the kingdom, to be enjoyed by the hopeful people," the statement said.

 

His official coronation has been delayed until after a period of mourning for his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was revered as a semi-divine figure in Thailand.

 

(Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Stephen Coates)

 
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King’s coronation set for May

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Command issued for three day ceremony in keeping with royal tradition.
 

HIS MAJESTY KING Maha Vajiralongkorn has issued a command to hold a three-day coronation ceremony in early May, the Royal Household Bureau announced yesterday.

 

The coronation is scheduled for May 4, when the King will make a public appearance before a gathering of the Royal Family, privy councillors, Cabinet members and senior public officials who will offer their good wishes, according to the announcement. 

 

On the following day, a ceremony is scheduled to bestow the royal name on the newly crowned King, in line with the traditions governing the monarchy. On the same day, certain members of the Royal Family will be bestowed new titles to reflect their relationship with King Rama X.

 

On May 6, the King will hold a grand audience with members of the public and foreign diplomats in the Grand Palace.

 

“The King views this as a suitable time to hold the coronation in accordance with tradition and for national celebration and the joy of the people and the Kingdom,” the bureau said in its announcement.

 

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Television Pool of Thailand broadcasted the bureau’s announcement to the nation around noon yesterday.

 

The monarch’s late father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), was crowned on May 5, 1950, at the age of 22.

 

Following the passing of King Bhumibol on October 13, 2016, the president of the National Legislative Assembly invited then Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to the throne, at the instruction of the Cabinet.

 

King Bhumibol was crowned in a traditional ceremony held at the Grand Palace. It was the first coronation ceremony of a Thai sovereign to rule under the constitutional monarchy system. May 5 was celebrated as Coronation Day with a public holiday until 2017. 

 

His Majesty the King, 66, is the only son of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. In 1972, at the age of 20, he was made crown prince by his father. A year’s mourning following the passing of King Rama IX resulted in a postponement of the coronation ceremony, although the current monarch’s reign officially began on October 13, 2016, upon his father’s departure.

 

Also yesterday, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha led a group of Cabinet members to write messages for the New Year in honour of His Majesty the King at the Grand Palace. The prime minister was accompanied by his wife, Associate Professor Naraporn.

 

High-ranking military commanders were also present there to write their good wishes for the King on the occasion of the New Year.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30361453

 
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Coronation Committee to be formed : PM

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The prime minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Wednesday will set up a committee to oversee the coronation ceremony of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn set for early May.

 

He said he would chair the panel and invite HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as the honorary adviser to prepare the ceremony.

 

The Royal Household Bureau on Tuesday announced that the coronation ceremony will be held between May 4 and May 6.

 

Prayut said: “This is an important opportunity for the government to join hands with the Thai public to prepare the ceremony in his honour and according to the customs and culture.” 

 

When the King took the throne in 2017, the government prepared the ceremony internally. The bureau said that on May 4 the King would appear before the Royal Family, privy councillors, Cabinet members and civil servants who will offer their good wishes.

 

On the following day, a ceremony is scheduled to bestow a royal name on the newly crowned king. On the same day, other royals will be bestowed with new titles to reflect their relationship with King Rama X.

 

On May 6, the King will hold a grand audience with members of the public and foreign diplomats in the Grand Palace. “The King views this as a suitable time to hold the coronation in accordance with tradition and for national celebration and the joy of the people and the Kingdom,” the bureau said.

 

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Princess to oversee coronation

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THE GOVERNMENT will call on Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to chair a government-appointed committee to oversee preparations for the coronation ceremony of her brother, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, set for early May, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.

 

THE GOVERNMENT will call on Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to chair a government-appointed committee to oversee preparations for the coronation ceremony of her brother, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, set for early May, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.

 

He was speaking in a special televised programme announcing preparations for the three-day coronation ceremony from May 4 to 6. 

 

Prayut also said that Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has been given the job of chief organiser for the event. The prime minister’s announcement came after the Royal Household Bureau officially declared the coronation date on Tuesday. His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn took the throne after his father, King Rama IX, passed away on October 13, 2016. 

 

“This is an important opportunity for the government to join hands with the public to prepare for the ceremony in the King’s honour that is in accordance with our customs and culture,” the PM said. 

 

He added that the panel will be in charge of events before, during and after the ceremony. 

 

Since the King ascended the throne in 2016, the government has been making preparations for the coronation ceremony pending official announcement. 

 

The Royal Household Bureau announced that the newly crowned King will appear before the Royal Family, privy councillors, Cabinet members and civil servants on May 4 to receive their good wishes. The following day, a ceremony will be held to bestow a royal name on the King, and on the same day, other Royals will be bequeathed with new titles reflecting their relationship with King Rama X. 

 

On May 6, the King will grant an audience to members of the public and foreign diplomats in the Grand Palace. 

 

“The King views this as a suitable time for the coronation in accordance with tradition. It will be a national celebration and bring joy to the people and the Kingdom,” the bureau said.

 

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Provincial survey carried out prior to determining principal sources of sacred water for King’s coronation

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The water from four ancient ponds of Suphanburi known as Sra Ket, Sra Kaew, Sra Ganga and Sra Yamuna.

 

MORE THAN 100 water sources in 76 provinces have been surveyed for a careful selection process to determine the principal sources of sacred water to be used in the elaborate “Rachaphisek” coronation rite for King Maha Vajiralongkorn on May 4-6.
 

Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda yesterday said he had instructed officials in the provinces to survey 107 water sources in order to select the principal sources for sacred water and to carry out landscaping arrangements for the rite.

 

“Abhisek” sacred water will be collected from each chosen source in accordance with ancient tradition, he said.

 

In coronation rites for King Rama I to Rama IV, the water used in the purification bath of the King on the morning of coronation day was collected from six principal sources, in line with the tradition of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. 

 

The water from four ancient ponds of Suphanburi known as Sra Ket, Sra Kaew, Sra Ganga and Sra Yamuna was

counted as one source combined with those from the “Benjasuthiganga” five principle rivers in the Kingdom.

 

These were the Phetchaburi River (collected in tambon Tha Chai of Phetchanburi’s Muang district), the Ratchaburi River (collected from tambon Dawadeung in Samut Songkhram’s Muang district), the Chao Phraya River (collected from tambon Bang Kaew in Ang Thong’s Muang district), the Pa Sak River (collected from tambon Tha Rap in Sara Buri’s Muang district), and the Bang Pakong River (collected from Phra Ajarn Pond in Nakhon Nayok’s Muang district).

 

Later, the second coronation rite (after leaving monkhood) for King Rama V in 1873 added water from another five sources in India known as “Panjamahanathee” – the five ancient Indian rivers of the Ganges (Ganga), the Mahi, the Yamuna, the Sarayu and the Achiravati.

 

That brought the number of water sources used in the coronation rites to 11. 

 

King Rama VI’s first coronation rite used the same 11 water sources and his second coronation rite used the “Abhisek” sacred water consecrated at 17 sites. 

 

The 17 sites included 10 important Buddhist temples across the country such as Wat Borommathat of Chai Nat, Wat Mahathat of Phetchabun, Wat Klang of Nakhon Ratchasima, Wat Sothon of Chacherngsao, Wat Thong of Phuket and Wat Phrathat Chaiya of Chumphon.

 

The coronation rites for King Rama VII and King Rama IX used sacred water anointed at 18 sites.

 

The rite for King Rama VII had added Bung Phra Lanchai in Roi Et to the existing 17 sites and shifted from Wat Mahathat of Phetchabun to use Phra That Cho Hae of Phrae instead.

 

The rite for King Rama IX maintained the number of 18 sites but shifted from Phra That Chor Hae to use Phra That Chae Haeng of Nan instead.

 

The consecrated water from each source will be sent to Bangkok before the coronation ceremonies and enshrined at the Ubosot of Wat Phra Kaew until the rite.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30362741

 

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HRH stresses the need for coronation water to be screened for cleanliness

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Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has suggested that the water collected for use in the coronation in May be screened for purity as it will be used in the blessed ceremony.


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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday said the Princess had noted that the screening and other essential procedures of the holy water needed to be implemented carefully.

 

In accordance with longstanding tradition, the sacred water will be used to anoint His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn as the new monarch during the three-day coronation, starting on May 4.

 

Searching for the water sources from around the country has already started.

 

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After chairing a Cabinet meeting yesterday, Prayut said that all the holy water would be gathered and entered at a ceremony on April 18-19 at Suthat Thepwararam Rachaworamaha Viharn Temple.

 

The Royal Household Bureau earlier this month announced that the coronation for His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn would be held from May 4 to 6. 

 

Prayut also said yesterday that May 6 would be a public holiday in order to help facilitate the staging of the event.

 

The King deems it appropriate that the ceremony be conducted in accordance with royal traditions and for the joy of the people and the Kingdom on this auspicious occasion of the country.

 

On May 4, the King will grant a grand audience to members of the Royal Family, the Privy Council and the Cabinet, as well as senior officials.

 

The following day, there will be a ceremony to bestow the royal name of the King and the new titles to members of the Royal Family.

 

Later, the King will travel on a royal land procession and on May 6 he will appear on a balcony of Sutthaisawan Prasat Hall in the Grand Palace to grant a grand public audience to the general public, so that they may offer their best wishes to His Majesty.

 

He will later grant an audience to members of the international diplomatic corps, who will offer their felicitations on this special occasion at Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30363175

 

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Final Day Of King’s Coronation Declared National Holiday

By Chayanit Itthipongmaetee, Staff Reporter

 

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BANGKOK — The final day of His Majesty the King’s three-day coronation ceremony will be observed as a national holiday.

 

The interim cabinet Monday declared that May 6 will be a national holiday, effectively resuming a holiday that had been celebrated on May 5 since King Bhumibol, the monarch’s father, ascended to the throne that day in 1950.

 

Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/featured/2019/01/30/final-day-of-kings-coronation-declared-national-holiday/

 

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Second meeting of coronation PR committee

 

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BANGKOK, 5th February 2019 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya today chaired the second meeting of the government-appointed committee tasked with informing the Thai public about preparations for the coronation ceremony of HM King Rama X.

 

The meeting took place at the Public Relations Department (PRD) headquarters on Soi Ari in Bangkok.

 

The Royal Coronation of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will be held on May 4th-6th, 2019.

 

The Bureau of the Royal Household, announced last week the timeline for all royal ceremonies preceding HM King Vajiralongkorn’s official crowning on May 4th. The schedule begins in April with events to take place across the country.

 

On April 6th, rituals accompanying the drawing of holy water will be conducted. Hindu Brahmins will make offerings in Bangkok and 76 provinces to the spirits of selected water sources where water will be collected for later use. On the 8th, monks will ritually consecrate the water and light auspicious candles in honor of the king at provincial royal temples. On April 9th, auspicious candles will be extinguished and ritual Buddhist processions conducted around the temples. On April 22nd and 23rd, HM the King’s name will be engraved into a golden plate, along with the creation of a royal seal.

 

On May 2nd, His Majesty will pay his respects to previous monarchs and the capital’s spirits in the Royal Plaza and at the Memorial Bridge. His Majesty will pay his respects to the Emerald Buddha and royal remains on May 3rd.

 

The official coronation ceremony will be held on May 4th. On May 5th, the inauguration of the King’s official name and signature, the re-establishment of the royal family members’ ranks, and a royal parade will be held in the capital city. And on May 6th, His Majesty will hold an audience for the public and foreign diplomats who will offer their felicitations on this special occasion at Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

 

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Culture Ministry launches book on King’s Coronation

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The Culture Ministry launched the book “The Royal Coronation Ceremony” at Government House on Monday.

 

“As The Royal Coronation Ceremony of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be held from May 4-6 in Bangkok, the government is publishing this book to promote this historic ceremony, which has been passed down from the early Rattanakosin era to the present King Rama X,” said Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam, who has overseen the project.

 

The book chronicles past coronation ceremonies, speeches of monarchs from King Rama I to Rama IX on the occasion of their coronations, the special equipment to be used in the ceremony, plus an insight into Buddhist and Hindu beliefs behind the auspicious event. 

 

The book also features rare photographs of coronations from King Rama IV to King Rama IX.

 

The Culture Ministry will distribute 2,000 copies of hard-cover coffee-table books (1,000 copies in Thai and another 1,000 English-language versions) to schools and libraries through the Kingdom. 

 

The government, meanwhile, will also distribute another 3,000 brief-version books to schools across the country.

 

An e-book can also be downloaded at www.m-culture.go.th. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30364744

 

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Thais urged to decorate their homes with coronation emblem

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People around Thailand are being invited to set worshipping tables and decorate their homes with a new royal emblem that has been created specially for the coronation in May.

 

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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has created the new design himself and approved it for public use ahead of the three-day event from May 4-6.

 

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam on Monday showed off the new emblem along with guidelines on how it should be used and displayed from April and until May 4. Recommended places include coronation-related publications, decorative flags/arches and worship tables. 

 

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His Majesty the King, 66, is the only son of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. 

 

In 1972, at the age of 20, he was made crown prince by his father. A year’s mourning following the passing of King Rama IX resulted in a postponement of the coronation, although the current monarch’s reign officially began on October 13, 2016, upon his father’s departure.

 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30365609

 

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Navy chief presides over ritual ceremony for Subhannahong Barge ahead of Royal Coronation

By Prasert Thepsri 
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Royal Thai Navy commander-in-chief Admiral Leuchai Ruddit on Monday presided over the ritual ceremony for the Subhannahong Barge at the Royal Barge Museum in Thonburi’s Bangkok Noi.

 

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The Navy is in the process of preparing the barge for the Royal Barge Procession as part of the Royal Coronation Ceremony for His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn. 

 

The ceremony will take place from May 4 to May 6 in Bangkok. 

 

The procession will feature 52 royal barges, with a total of 2,098 Navy officers on board.

 

The King will also take the Subhannahong Barge for offering the Royal Kathin Robe at the Royal Kathin Ceremony in October. 

 

Kathina is a Buddhist festival which comes at the end of Vassa, the three-month rainy season.

 

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PRD briefs media members on Coronation ceremonies

 

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BANGKOK, 28 March 2019 (NNT) - The Public Relations Department has briefed members of the media the information about the Coronation ceremonies.

 

Deputy Public Relations Department (PRD) Director General Tassanee Pholchaniko opened a workshop for members of the media on the reporting of Coronation ceremonies at the PRD headquarters in Bangkok.

 

The training was aimed to provide members of the media necessary information regarding the ceremonies for accurate reporting to public audiences.

 

The head of subcommittee on media creation for the Coronation ceremonies, Suriyawut Suksawat, elaborated on the schedules of the ceremonies, along with the collection and consecration of sacred water, the preparations for a state procession, the preparations for the general public who wish to receive His Majesty the King during the state procession, the issuing of press cards for media members and the rules for taking photos and videos.

 

The PRD aimed to assure all pictures and videos of the ceremonies will present graceful features of His Majesty the King in the eye of the audiences around the globe.

 

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In coronation waters, divinity flows

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Buri Ram Governor Theerawat Wuttikul collects sacred water from Wat Klang in a rehearsal on April 3. The actual ceremony of collecting water from 107 different sources in 76 provinces will take place on Saturday.

 

Sacred waters from across the nation will be used to purify, anoint the monarch

 

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The central act in the coronation of monarchs in most countries where royalty is retained is the placing of the crown on the head. In Thailand, however, the heart of the ritual is water-based and twofold – the purification bath known as Song Phra Muratha Bhisek and an anointing with sacred water, the Abhisek.

 

When His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn formally ascends to the throne as King Rama X in a series of ceremonies from May 4 to 6, the first day will hold the most significant rituals.

 

On the same day he will attend the purification bath and be anointed, as well as being presented with the crown and royal regalia, including the nine-tiered white umbrella that is the supreme symbol of the sovereign.

 

The water to be used in the purification bath is being collected starting this weekend from five key rivers around the country and from four ancient ponds in Suphan Buri.

 

The rivers – together referred to as Bencha Suttha Khongkha and representing five rivers in India, origin of these traditions – are the Bang Pakong, Pasak, Chao Phraya, Ratchaburi and Phetchaburi.

 

The four ponds are Sa Ket, Sa Kaeo, Sa Khongkha and Sa Yamuna.

 

For the anointing, the water will be drawn from 107 different sources in 76 provinces and from the Satrakom Hall in the Grand Palace. The water from all sources will be ritually consecrated at the principle temple in each province on Monday. 

 

The monarchs of Thailand have always been revered as divine or at least semi-divine beings, in accordance with Hindu tradition. 

 

Venerable Brahmanist texts stipulate that the water used to bathe and anoint monarchs must come from the Pancha Maha Natee, the collective name for India’s five main rivers – the Ganga (Ganges), Mahi, Yamuna, Aciravati and Sarabhu. 

 

All of these rivers flow from Mount Kailash, which Hindus regard as the physical embodiment of mythical Mount Sumeru, epicentre of the universe and abode of the god Shiva.

 

In Thailand, the water collected in each province will be kept in a long-necked vessel, which the governors of those provinces will carry to the Interior Ministry in Bangkok on Wednesday. 

 

The collecting of water from Satrakom Hall at the Grand Palace will occur separately, next Friday at precisely 2.09pm, the moment deemed most auspicious, and then it too will be taken to the ministry.

 

On the morning of April 18, all of the water will be carried in procession from the ministry to Wat Suthat Thep Wararam for consecration. 

 

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Phitsanulok Governor Pipat Ekkaphapan collects sacred water from Songhong Pond inside the Chan Paland in a rehearsal on April 4. The actual ceremony of collecting water from 107 different sources in 76 provinces will take place on Saturday. 

 

His Holiness Somdet Phra Ariyavongsagatayana the Supreme Patriarch and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will lead the sanctifying ritual that evening. 

 

“King Rama I had Wat Suthat built in 1809 to symbolise Mount Sumera after he established Krung Rattanakosin, whose name represented the heaven of the deity Indra,” explained Professor MR Suriyavudh Suksvasti, referring to the new Siamese capital now best known as Bangkok.

 

Suriyavudh, an art historian who chairs a sub-committee charged with sharing information about the coronation, was briefing reporters at the Government Public Relations Department.

 

On April 19, the now-consecrated water will be taken to the ordination hall at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, commonly called Wat Phra Kaew but officially named Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram.

 

The three-day coronation itself begins with the purification bath and the anointing and the crowning and investiture in the morning.

 

His Majesty will then grant an audience to members of his family and high-ranking officials. He will remain at the Grand Palace overnight, symbolically taking possession of it as the royal residence.

 

On May 5, the royal name will formally be bestowed and new titles given to members of the Royal Family, after which there will be a royal procession from the Grand Palace to Wat Bovoranives, Wat Rajabopidh and Wat Phra Chetuphon. At each temple, respects will be paid to the primary Buddha statues and the ashes of former kings and queens.

 

May 6 brings a grand audience for foreign diplomats and the general public. 

 

Then, in late October, tens of thousands of people will line the banks of the Chao Phraya to watch a royal barge procession carrying His Majesty to Wat Arun for the kratin ceremony. Marking the end of the Buddhist Lent, it involves the presenting of robes to monks.

 

King Maha Vajiralongkorn succeeds his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on October 13, 2016. 

 

The National Legislative Assembly acknowledged his accession in November that year, recognising him as the 10th monarch of the Chakri Dynasty.

 

Next month’s coronation formally completing the accession follows more than two years of mourning for King Bhumibol. 

 

It comes almost 70 years after |the last royal coronation in Thailand, that of King Bhumibol himself in May 1950.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30367220

 

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Public urged to be part of Royal Coronation

By Jitraporn Senwong 
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Members of the public have been invited to become a part of history and line the 7,150-metre-long stretch of road to welcome the royal motorcade during the coronation ceremony of His Majesty the King on May 4 to 6, Police Strategy Office commissioner Pol Lt-General Kraiboon Suadsong said.

 

Kraiboon made this comment after attending a meeting at Interior Ministry on Monday where the committee tasked with providing security during the ceremony discussed preparations. He said measures will be put in place from May 2 to 6 to support tens of thousands of people, who will travel from every corner of Thailand to Rattanakosin Island in Bangkok to witness the Royal Coronation. 

Kraiboon advised people to present their Thai national ID to gain access to the ceremonial grounds. 

 

Bangkokians will be able to park their cars at the Lat Phrao MRT station, the Courts of Justice grounds in Chatuchak as well as at the Office of the Attorney-General, the headquarters of Siam Commercial Bank and the Kasetsart University campus, before boarding shuttle buses provided by the Transport Ministry. 

 

He said 26 sites have been prepared for up to 40,000 cars coming from the provinces, including at Impact Muang Thong Thai, Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road, Bitec on Bang Na, the Buddha Monthon Park in Nakhon Pathom and the Central West Gate Mall in Nonthaburi’s Bang Yai district. 

 

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Free shuttle buses will also be available at Victory Monument and the National Stadium, he said. 

 

The drop-off points will be the Royal Turf Club, the Manangkhasila Mansion, Phitsanulok Mansion (the official residence of the prime minister), Wat Debsirin, Memorial Bridge, Somdet Phra Pinklao Bridge and Rama VIII Bridge. Mobile toilets will also be provided at the sites by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. 

 

These sites will also include a royally granted mobile kitchen and mobile medical unit, so people can eat and have a health check before entering the ceremonial grounds. People will also get to peruse an exhibition on the coronation, while a student band will be present to entertain the crowds, Kraiboon said. 

 

Those wishing to stay overnight can do so at the Thai-Japan Bangkok Youth Centre’s Kilawet Gymnasium and Buddha Monthon Park.

 

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Free train rides to Bangkok’s Hua Lampong station will be provided for those travelling from Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao and Nakhon Pathom. 

 

The Marine Department is also providing free boat rides on May 4 to 6 from 6am to 10pm. They include four rides on Chao Phya Express from Nonthaburi to Pinklao pier, four from Sathorn to Memorial Bridge pier, as well as free ferries to and from Thon Buri. 

 

Screening checkpoints will be set up at Phan Fa Bridge, the Chalermkrung intersection and the Charoenrat Bridge, while 78 points will be set up to distribute drinking water.

 

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Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30368129

 

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