The Royal Crematorium (Phra Men) At Bangkok Thailand
Dates of Public Holiday
For the Royal Cremation of the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej
This national holiday in Thailand was on 26 October 2017.
King Bhumibol died at the age of 88 on 13 October 2016. The King was revered by the Thai people and was an extremely popular figurehead for Thailand, providing a unifying presence for the country despite turbulent political changes.
A year-long period of mourning was announced after his death and this period will culminate in the royal cremation ceremony.
The ceremonies for the royal cremation of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej were held between 25 - 29 October. 26 October, the day of cremation, was a national holiday to allow members of the public to take part in the important event.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) issued a travel advisory calling for visitors and tourists to be 'respectful' and to behave appropriately during this period of mourning for the Thai people. During the period, many locals dressed in black as a mark of respect to the late King.
All gambling permits were be revoked for the month of October out of respect for the King, and this extended to a ban on Muay Thai matches.
Known as Rama IX, Bhumibol reigned Thailand from 9 June 1946 until his death on 13 October 2016, making him the longest-reigning monarch ever in Thailand's history.
Despite being a constitutional monarch, and not legally being allowed a role in politics, Bhumibol made several decisive interventions in the Thai political sphere and has been credited with helping facilitate Thailand's transition to democracy in the 1990s.