King Bhumibol Adulyadej Borommanathbobitra or also known as Rama IX is the former King of Thailand. King Bhumibol passed away on Thursday the 13th of October 2016 at the age of 89, having reigned for 70 years, the longest in Thai History. He succeeded to the throne on Sunday the 9th of June 1946 according to the Law of Succession, becoming the 9th King of the Chakri Dynasty. After completing his studies in Switzerland, His Majesty returned to Thailand where, on Friday the 28th April 1950, he married Rajawongse Sirikit Kittiyakara, now known as Queen Sirikit.
By traditional court practice, King Bhumibol Adulyadej Borommanathbobitra was crowned on Friday the 5th of May 1950 when he gave oath to reign with righteousness for the benefit, and happiness of the Siamese people.
According to people of Thailand, at least Thai people I’ve met, King Bhumibol Adulyadej Borommanathbobitra is known for his kindness and close to the people. His greatness as a righteous King is shown by the grievance of all Thai people and other people who attend his funeral and visits his crematorium exhibition. The exhibition is held from the 2nd–30th of November. I was lucky enough to get a chance to visit the crematorium exhibition on the 30th of November. There, I witness firsthand how Siamese people respect their King, Rama IX. The King will surely missed by the people.
Phra Meru Mas (Royal Crematorium) of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Borommanathbobitra At Mondhon Phithi (the Ceremonial Grounds) of Sanam Luang
The Royal Crematorium is built at Mondhon Phiti of Sanam Luang. A very big open field near the palace. It is built on a four-storeyed square foundation with steps in all of the four direction, the nine-spired crematoriums comprised nine buildings in the shape of Busabok, a Thai architectural style.
At the center, the main Busabok atop a seven-tiered dais is decorated with the nine-tiered umbrella of state. The cremation pyre is set here on the uppermost dais to place the royal funerary urn. Fireguard screens painted in Vishnu reincarnation and the Royal Initiative Projects are installed around the four walls. On the four corners’ bases of the third floor are located four Sang or Sam Sang (Monks’ Chanting Pavilion) in Busabok design atop a five-tiered dais. Downward to the second level foundation at four corners, erected is Ho Plueang (Dismantling Hall) in a smaller five-tiered dais Busabok to keep the royal funerary items. The three Chala (pavement) of three levels are decorated with sculptures of Jatulokaban (the world’s four guradians of directions), Garuda pillars, angels, Mythical creatures and Naga handrails while the base of the lowest floors is surrounded by fortune animals in each direction, Anodat Pond, Khao Mo and Himavanta mythical animals.
Details of this exhibition is clearly amazing, hand crafted with precision and elegance. Every part of this exhibition is an art dedicated to the majesty King Bhumibol, presenting his all time achievements to Thai people and also to the world. Aside from Phra Meru Mas as the center of exhibition, there also pavilions served as on site museum to commemorate The King legacies and pavilions to show the production steps and processess to make this great exhibition.
A few objects which pick my interest have been the subject of my camera shots for my own collection (some are displayed below). My own memory about the King Bhumibol and his place amongst Siamese people.