11 October 2017
Thailand is preparing to bid a grand final farewell for the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej. Officials said that an 'uncountable' number of people including architects, artisans, craftsmen and volunteers are working day and night to build 'heaven' on earth.
The Thai word used for death of a monarch means going to heaven. King Bhumibol died last October aged 88 and his body was laid in-state in a gold hall at the palace. The royal funeral that will take place starting October 25 will be a mix of Buddhist religious ceremonies and Hindu Brahmin rituals.