Huge crowd flock to Sanam Luang as last day for paying respect ends midnight today

Huge crowd of people from all walk of life flocked to the Grand Palace today (Oct 5) as it will be the final day that they will be allowed to pay last respects to the beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in front of the golden urn until midnight.

The Bureau of the Royal Household said on Wednesday that a total of 96,150 mourners paid respects to the late King inside Dusit Maha Prasat throne hall yesterday.

In total, the Bureau said 12,628,642 people have respect to the late King during the past 336 days. Donations from mourners also rose to 882,528,282.01 baht.

The bureau said the thronehall opened until 03.40am on Thursday for the mourners to pay respect as a large number of people are still awaiting their queues to enter the Grand Palace. Scheduled closing time was midnight.

Meanwhile deputy commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Pol Gen Dejnarong Suthicharnbancha said although the closing time of the Grand Place is set at midnight, the Joint Peace Keeping Command will allow the last mourner who is in the waiting queue to go into the Grand Palace to pay respect even it will enter the morning or noon of the next day.

Each mourner has to await 8-10 hours to enter the throne hall to pay respect to the beloved king. Those who waited since 15.00 pm yesterday were able to get into the throne hall at 01.00 am today.