Bangkok’s Grand Palace closes for tourists

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Bangkok’s Grand Palace is to be closed for two days from 1 to 2 December, 2016, while Royal Merit Making ceremonies take place to mark the first 50 days since the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

For tourists this means that the selling of tickets will be suspended.  In addition, there will be no access for tourists or mourners wishing to pay tribute to the Royal Remains.

the-grand-palace-bangkok-1-nov-2016-1-500On 5 December, which marks the birthday of the late King, another Royal Merit Making ceremony will be held at the Grand Palace. Hence, the attraction will be closed to tourists from 5 to 6 December. However, visitors wishing to pay their respects to His Majesty on these two days can still do so at the Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.

Tourists can continue to visit other temples and attractions in Bangkok’s Rattanakosin area which are all open to visitors as usual.

After the death of their beloved King Bhumibol, who was on the throne for 70 years, a number of events have been canceled or relocated out of sight and lights were turned off outside of bars. Many Thai people are wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but it is requested to dress respectfully when in public.

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