The Joint Administration Centers for Maintaining Peace and Order around the Grand Palace is gearing up for bigger crowds as more people are expected to come to Sanam Laung to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on December 31st.
Deputy Chief of the 1st Army Region Maj Gen Pongsawat Phannajit, in his capacity as a deputy director of the joint administration centers, attended a meeting over crowd management earlier on Thursday. It will be decided whether road closures and security reinforcement would be necessary to handle larger crowds on December 31st.
Once the plan has been concluded, it will be reported to the Situation Monitoring Center for consideration. The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will play host to a prayer ceremony which will be held at Sanam Luang at 11.30 pm on the same day.
In addition to the security matter, the Joint Administration Centers for Maintaining Peace and Order around the Grand Palace will be responsible for setting up an area for an event on the south side of Sanam Luang. On January 1st , people are able to visit Sahathai Samakom Pavilion to sign books of well wishes for His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun from 7.00 am – 5 pm.
Those planning to visit Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej have been told to revise their plans as the place will be closed for the day. Maj Gen Pongsawat also urged people coming to Sanam Luang to bring their own medication along with them should they have health conditions.
As for the preparation for the late King’s royal cremation, the office of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)has decided to find a new location for the Joint Administration Centers for Maintaining Peace and Order around the Grand Palace’s tent to be set up as the original site had overlapped the area designated for the royal funeral pyre. The BMA will also carry out a big cleaning day activity on roads surrounding Sanam Laung and other landmarks in Bangkok to mark the year’s end.
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