|The Royal Funeral Ceremony consists of six processions, which will take place from November 15 to 19. The first three take place on November 15. Their purpose is to convey the Royal Remains from the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall inside the Grand Palace to Phra Meru (crematorium) at Sanam Luang. They will actually form three stages of a single progression, rather like three movements in a piece of music.
The first procession (No. 1 on the map)
will begin at Sri Sunthon Gate before proceeding to the Dhevapirom Gate, then Maha Rat Road and Tai Wang Road.
The second procession (No. 2 on the map)
will start from Sanam Chai Road in front of Wat Phra Chetuphon and move along Ratchadamnoen Nai Road and the short road that passes through the middle of Sanam Luang.
The third procession (No. 3 on the map)
will perform three circumambulations of the Phra Meru at the Royal Cremation Grounds at Sanam Luang.
|As required by ancient tradition, the Royal Relics and Ashes will be collected on the morning following the cremation, November 16, at 8am. They will be placed in the Royal Cinerary Urn and the Royal Ashes Container and taken back to the Grand Palace by the Fourth Procession (No. 4 on the map), which will begin from the middle of Sanam Luang and move along Ratchadamnoen Nai Road, Na Phra Lan Road and then through the Visetchairi Gate.
The Fifth Procession on Tuesday, November 18 (No. 5 on the map),
will transfer the Royal Relics by Phra Thinang Rachanedhrayan from the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall inside the Grand Palace. The route will start from Amorn Vithi Road in front of the Piman Chaisri Gate through Kamphaeng Kaeo (“the wall”).
The Sixth Procession on the final day, November 19 (No. 6 on the map)
will convey the Royal Ashes Container by Royal motorcade from Phra Sri Ratana Chedi at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, to be placed at Wat Ratchabophit. The route will begin at the Viset Chaisri Gate, then proceed along Na Phra Lan Road, Sanam Chai Road, Kalayana Maitri Road, Atsadang Road and Ratchabophit Road.