Thai artisans prepare complex for king’s funeral

BANGKOK (AP) – Thai artists and craftsmen are putting the finishing touches on an elaborate crematorium complex ahead of the funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who reigned for 70 years before his death on October 13, 2016.

The crematorium, situated on a public field near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, is a representation of the mystical Mount Meru. The complex features nine golden-spired pavilions and more than 100 sculptures and statues.

Bhumibol will be honoured in an elaborate royal cremation ceremony from October 25 to 29. The events, which have a budget of one billion baht (US$30 million), are the culmination of more than a year of official mourning.

The crematorium will be dismantled after the funeral.

This October 6 photo shows the royal crematorium and funeral complex for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as preparations continue in Bangkok, Thailand
This September 25 photo shows another view of the royal crematorium and funeral complex
In this September 8 photo, the royal chariot which will be used to carry the body and the royal urn of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is displayed at the National Museum
Thai artists install a royal urn made of sandalwood which will be used in the royal crematorium
Artists sculpt creatures from ancient epics to decorate the royal crematorium and funeral complex. – PHOTOS: AP