Thailand: thousands to attend extravagant cremation for King Bhumibol

Artisans finish 50-metre three-tiered golden royal crematorium for ceremony for world’s longest-serving monarch

Thailand is finishing preparations for an elaborate cremation of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, part of a five-day ceremony marking the end of a year of mourning that has engulfed the nation.

For weeks, local newspapers have run front-page stories on the tiniest details of the ceremony, a sign of national reverence and obsession towards a man who became known as the “father of all Thais”. Many considered the king, whose seven-decade rule made him the world’s longest-serving monarch, to be a demigod.

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