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Public to be allowed to pay respects to King’s body from Oct 29

The Bureau of the Royal Household has announced a one-day postponement of the date when people will be permitted to pay final respects to the body of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Assistant Secretary to the Bangkok Governor Tridao Apaiwong made known that all people mourning the loss of King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be able to pay homage to the beloved monarch inside the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace from October 29 onwards, from 9 am to 4 pm daily. She said it has been rescheduled by the Royal Household Bureau as royal ceremonies will be held at the venue on the earlier-announced date of October 28.

In the beginning, the queuing system outside the Grand Palace will be on trial. Mourners will be allowed to enter the royal compound in a group of one hundred at a time. Each day, the number of visitors will be limited at 10,000 as opposed to the maximum capacity of 40,000. The efficiency of the system will be assessed afterwards before more people are let in.

Ms Tridao said visitors can pick up a queue number at Sanam Luang, adding that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has set up more tents in the field, able to accommodate another 1,800 people. There are 36 mobile toilets throughout the area to serve mourners while CCTV cameras have been installed over the past week to ensure public safety.

NNT

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