“ My place in the world is to be here among my people, the Thai people “ - King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Royal Funeral Ceremony of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
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The Phra Meru Mas for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is built in the Busabok Thai architectural style. Traditionally the structures were made entirely of wood, some up to 80 to 100 meters in height. Today, steel structures replace much of the wood. The elaborate royal crematorium for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej consists of 9 Busaboks, the tallest in the centre raised on a three-tiered square-shaped base with a staircase on each of the four sides, and known as the “Phra Meru Mas Kao Yod” (Nine-Spired Mount Meru). The nine spires also symbolise His Majesty as the 9th monarch in the Chakri Dynasty. Numerous artisans worked to decorate the structure according to Buddhist cosmology. Water gardens in the four corners represent the cosmic ocean around Mount Meru, and statues and paintings represent the divine beings in the surrounding lands. Included in the artwork and landscape are reminders of His Majesty’s many works for the people, depicting dams, irrigation, and farms, as well as many other projects. Countless people have volunteered to join the royal funeral preparations, a testament to their love and devotion to their late monarch.
Other structures in the crematorium compound include a large main pavilion called the Phra Thinang Song Dhamma (royal pavilion to carry out Dhamma), where the royal family performs all the rituals for the funeral ceremony, and the Sala Luk Khun and Thap Kaset pavilions where members of the royal family and royal descendants, members of the diplomatic corps, high-ranking civil servants, representatives of the major religions practiced in Thailand, as well as members of the royal entourage are seated. Space is also set aside outside the crematorium compound for members of the general public, travelling from all corners of the country, to attend the royal cremation. Their beloved king and his kindness will be remembered forever.