ThailandHundreds of thousands expected to turn out wearing yellow to welcome King Rama X.

Excitement builds, as Thais get ready to greet new monarch

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Bangkok’s Grand Palace.
Bangkok’s Grand Palace.

The coronation, Thailand's first in nearly seven decades and estimated to cost upwards of US$30 million, follows the record-breaking reign of King Vajiralongkorn's father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who took the throne in 1946 and died in October 2016 at the age of 88.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has released details of the three-day Royal Coronation Ceremony which begins on Saturday, May 4, marking the Coronation Day of King Rama X.

The coronation, Thailand's first in nearly seven decades and estimated to cost upwards of US$30 million, follows the record-breaking reign of King Vajiralongkorn's father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who took the throne in 1946 and died in October 2016 at the age of 88.

The hundreds of thousands expected to turn out for the ceremonies have been invited to wear yellow, the king's colour.

Events include:

May 4 10.09-12.00 hr: The Royal Purification, or the “Song Muratha Bhisek” Ceremony, takes place at Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence.

16.00 hr: His Majesty proceeds to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to proclaim himself the Royal Patron of Buddhism.

May 5 16.30 hr: His Majesty the King rides in the Royal Palanquin in the Royal Procession on Land to encircle the city, affording people the opportunity to attend and pay homage to their new King.

May 6 16.30 hr: His Majesty the King grants a public audience on a balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall in the Grand Palace to receive the good wishes of the people.

The Royal Barge Procession (October 2019)

The final procedure of the Coronation of King Rama X is the Royal Barge Procession, to be held in October 2019. 

The procession begins at the Wasukri pier at 16.00 hr, when His Majesty the King travels along the Chao Phraya River to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) on the occasion of presenting robes to Buddhist monks (Royal Kathin Ceremony).

About 2,300 oarsmen will be prepared to row over 50 barges to be arranged into five groupings, from the Wasukri pier to Wat Arun, with a total length of four kilometres.

Rhythmic barge-rowing songs are part of this ceremonial water-borne procession, which is a rare spectacle, arranged on special occasions only.

The barge procession marks the conclusion of the Royal Coronation Ceremony, and is considered one of the most important events for all Thai kings.

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