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Thais Prepare for Royal Funeral

19 October 2017

Following a year-long mourning period following the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) on October 13 last year, the Kingdom is preparing for a royal funeral ceremony to be held in Bangkok on 26 October.

On the day of the funeral, most entertainment venues will be closed and all festive events will be cancelled. Banking institutions, post offices and branches of telecommunication companies will be closed, too.

Shopping and entertainment facilities to close include:

  • 7-Eleven convenience stores (from 2:30 p.m. till midnight)
  • Big C (from 3:00 p.m. till next morning)
  • Tesco (from 2:00 till next morning)
  • Central Plaza and Central Festival (from 3:00 p.m. till next morning)
  • Robinson (from 3:00 p.m. till next morning)
  • TRUE (from 3:00 p.m. till next morning)
  • DTAC (from 3:00 p.m. till next morning)
  • CP Freshmart (from 3:00 p.m. till next morning)
  • Macro (from 3:00 p.m. till next morning)
  • The Mall Ramkhamhang, Tha Phra, Ngam Wong Wan, Bang Kae, Bang Kapi (from 3:00 p.m. till next morning)
  • Major Cineplex
  • Isetan Bangkok
  • Index Living Mall
  • HomeWork

The following shopping malls will operate normally:

  • Siam Paragon
  • Pata
  • CentralWorld
  • Central Plaza Rama II
  • The Emporium
  • The Emquatier

From 25 through 29 October, traffic on Sanam Luang will be shut down and parking on the 18 neighbouring streets will be prohibited.

Many excursions will also be cancelled on these days. For details, please contact our guides.

Foreign tourists are requested to be respectful during the national mourning period and adhere to etiquette. Those tourists close to the Royal Palace and Sanam Luang are advised to dress appropriately. Please make sure that knees, elbows, and shoulders are covered, and wear black or grey attire.


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