WHAT’S CANCELED, CLOSED AND OPEN IN BANGKOK DURING MOURNING PERIOD

Most events this weekend have been canceled, and some venues announced they would close temporarily, either for the day, through the weekend or until further notice. Some will remain open as usual, only canceling special events.

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In the wake of His Majesty King Bhumibol’s death Thursday, the authorities have called for 30 days without entertainment.

Most events this weekend have been canceled, and some venues announced they would close temporarily, either for the day, through the weekend or until further notice. Some will remain open as usual, only canceling special events.

What does this mean for people living in the capital? What will be open and what will be closed? We put together what we know to expect so far. Check back for updates, and as a general rule: Call ahead first.

Restaurants and Cafes

 

Most restaurants and cafes will open as usual, but patrons should check with any planned venue as some have announced they will close.

Movies

Movie theaters will remain open, but some chains were closed Friday. Check their websites.

SF Cinema: All branches are closed Friday

Major Cineplex: Open as usual

House RCA: Closed on Friday, open Saturday onward

Lido and Scala: Open as usual

Alcohol Sales

Alcohol will be sold during the usual hours of 11am-2pm, from 5pm-midnight, according to Samarn Futrakul, of the alcohol control board. Alcohol sales will be banned on Saturday, which is Wan Ok Phansa, or the last day of Buddhist Lent.

Clubs

Some nightlife venues will go dark, some not. Again, best to check ahead. Beam and Demo in Thonglor, Levels and Sugar in Nana and Silom’s Whiteline announced they were closed until further notice.

Bars

While bars will be allowed to operate, they must close at 1am and no types of parties will be tolerated within them, Thanakorn Kuptajit of the Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association said.

However some bars will be closed this weekend, so again check ahead.

TV

Although the junta is returning broadcasting authority to the stations at midnight, there will be limitations on what can be shown, with no entertainment programs allowed. Channel 3 posted on Facebook that all soap operas and series won’t be allowed. Announcement of when they will resume will be made later.

Concerts

The sold-out Morrissey concert has been cancelled. Refunds are available at places of purchase, according to organizer Viji Corp.

Nineties rockers Modern Dog postponed their 22nd-anniversary concert until further notice, according BEC-Tero Entertainment.

Special Events

The Oct. 17 Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan is canceled.

Saturday’s Kolour Warehouse Party is also canceled, with refund information to be announced.

The Color Run event this weekend at Airport Rail Link Makkasan is canceled with the condolences from organizers. Information on full refunds will be posted on its Facebook page.

The book expo at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center which began on Oct. 13, will run according to plan until Oct. 24. While discussion panels on Atrium stage and meeting rooms can be arranged as normal, all broadcast and entertainment activities in every booth are forbidden.

Theatre

Rachadalai Theatre has canceled all October performances of “Lordlai Mangkorn The Musical,” which was to open tonight. More shows and ticket refunds are to be announced.

“Firefly’s Tales The Musical” at Siam Pic-Ganesha Theatre also cancel 13 forthcoming shows. Tickets can be refunded at Thai Ticket Major.

By Kaewta Ketbungkan, Staff Reporter http://www.khaosodenglish.com/life/arts/2016/10/14/whats-canceled-closed-open-bangkok-mourning-period/

Additional reporting by Chayanit Itthipongmaetee and Lobsang Dundup Sherpa Subirana

 

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