In the final act of the funeral ceremony, broadcast live nationwide and led by new King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Bhumibol’s ashes were transferred from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to two royal temples.
In an earlier ceremony at Bangkok’s Grand Palace, Bhumibol’s relics were escorted to Chakri Maha Prasad Throne Hall, where he used to host dinners, receptions and receive the credentials of foreign ambassadors.
There, the golden urn of Rama IX as the king of the Chakri dynasty is known was interned in the Heavenly Abode, joining the relics of Kings Rama IV, V, VI, VII and VIII.
King Bhumibol’s death on October 13, 2016 at age 88 sparked a national outpouring of grief for a monarch who was regarded by many Thais as a father figure.
Yet it also ushered in a sense of uncertainty for people who had grown used to King Bhumibol serving as a unifying presence in a country regularly beset by political upheaval.
Last week hundreds of thousands of black-clad mourners crowded Bangkok’s historic quarter for the cremation of the revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, with Buddhist religious rites and ceremonial candle-lighting by saffron-robed monks.
A sum of $120 million had been set aside for the funeral, the likes of which has never been seen in Thailand.
Royals from Bhutan, Britain, Japan, Lesotho, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden, among others, attended the funeral ceremony…. see more