The government yesterday (Jan 11) began the dismantling of the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang and relocating parts of the structures to locations in Bangkok, Pathumthan, Ayutthaya and Nakhon Pathom.
Chairing the religious rites to dismantle the Royal Crematorium and related structures was Privy Councilor Gen Surayud Chulanont on behalf of His Majesty the King.
The rites started with merit-making activities as the nine-tiered great white umbrella atop the Royal Crematorium was removed as part of the dismantling procedures.
As the removal started, some attendants burst in tears and bend their heads to show their respects to the late King Bhumibol.
According to Culture Ministry officials, the nine-tiered umbrella will be kept at the Royal Ceremonial Affairs Division of the Bureau of the Royal Household in the Grand Palace.
Steel structures and architectural parts of the crematorium will be relocated to Ayutthaya Historical Park, while the pavilions, including Songtham merit-making pavilions, and sculptures of mythical creatures and angels will be put for exhition at the museum in Khlong 5 of Pathum Thani’s Lam Luk Ka district and the Office of Traditional Arts in Nakhon Pathom.
Over a hundred thousand of marigold flowers will be used to decorate the upcoming winter event at the Dusit Palace Plaza end of this month, while rice grown in nine-shaped paddy field will be harvested and stored at a rice research center in Pathum Thani.
The field was expected to yield 300 kilogrammes of grains that will be distributed to farmers for growing.
Authorities expect the dismantling and relocation will take two months, or by March 15.