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Thailand prepares to bid final farewell to late king

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 01:14

Thailand prepares to bid a grand final farewell for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, with an 'uncountable' number of people working day and night to build 'heaven' on earth. No reporter narration.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Thailand is preparing to bid a grand final farewell for the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej, as officials said that an 'uncountable' number of people including architects, artisans, craftsmen and volunteers are working day and night to build 'heaven' on earth. The Thai word used for death of a monarch means going to heaven, therefore the Royal Crematorium was built to symbolize the place where the revered king's soul is now residing. King Bhumibol died last October aged 88 and his body was laid in-state in a gold hall at the palace. The royal funeral that will take place starting October 25 will be a mix of Buddhist religious ceremonies and Hindu Brahmin rituals. For most Thais, this would be their first experience of a royal funeral for a monarch.

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Thailand prepares to bid final farewell to late king

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 01:14