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Royal Coronation – Schedule of events

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The Coronation of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will run over three days from Saturday, May 4 to Monday, May 6. The actual coronation takes place on the first day. Here is the latest LIVE link to the ceremony, mostly in English…

The Coronation ritual so far

The collection of sacred waters from different sources around the Kingdom, followed by the consecration and combining them for use in the Royal Purification and Anointment Ceremonies during the Royal Coronation Ceremony.

April 6

Provincial governors performed the ceremony of drawing water from a significant water sources in their province.

April 8/9

Consecration rites for the water were held in each province at royal temples.

April 18

The collected and delivered sacred waters from 77 provinces were stored at Wat Suthat Thepphawararam, one of Bangkok’s oldest temples in waiting for the Coronation.

April 19

The sacred waters were escorted in a procession from Wat Suthat to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

April 22/23

A ceremony to inscribe the full name of the new Thai King on Phra Suphannabap, a golden sheet.

May 2

The King paid respects in prayers to the deities.

May 3

A procession to carry royal items including inscribed golden sheet and the royal seal. 133 soldiers parade from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to the Phaisan Thaksin Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.

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The inscription of the Royal Golden Plaques

This is a series of ceremonies to make an inscription on the Royal Golden Plaque of the new King’s official title and on the Royal Golden Plaque of the King’s horoscope, as well as the engraving of the Royal Seal of State. The ceremonies took place inside the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

April 22

Ten monks chanted prayers inside the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on the day before the designated day of the inscription ceremony.

April 23

A ceremony is held at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to make an inscription on the Royal Golden Plaque of the official title of His Majesty the King, and the Royal Golden Plaque of His Majesty’s horoscope. An inscription of the Royal Golden Plaques, with the official titles of members of the Royal Family, is also made on the same day.

May 2

HM the King visits the statue of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) at the Royal Plaza and the Memorial of King Rama I at the foot of Memorial Bridge.

May 3

The Royal Golden Plaque of the official title of HM the King, the Royal Golden Plaque of His Majesty’s horoscope, and the Royal Seal of State are transferred from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to Baisal Daksin Throne Hall.

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The Royal Coronation

Saturday, May 4

10.09am

The Royal Purification, or the “Song Muratha Bhisek” Ceremony, takes place at Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence. “Muratha Bhisek” refers to the action of pouring holy water over the head of the king. It is followed by the Anointment Ceremony at Baisal Daksin Throne Hall. Then His Majesty the King proceeds to the Bhadrapitha Throne and sits under the Royal Nine-tiered Umbrella, where the Chief Brahmin presents him with the Royal Golden Plaque of His Majesty’s official title, the Royal Regalia, the Ancient and Auspicious Orders, and the Weapons of Sovereignty.

After the Crowning and Investiture Ceremony, HM presents the First Royal Command.

1.19pm

The ceremony of Assumption of the Royal Residence takes place at Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence. The purpose of the ceremony is to symbolically take up the royal residence.

2pm

HM the King grants an audience to members of the Royal Family, the Privy Council, and the Thai Cabinet, as well as senior officials, gather to offer their best wishes to His Majesty at Amarindra Vinicchaya Throne Hall.

4pm

His Majesty proceeds to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to proclaim himself Thailand’s Royal Patron of Buddhism.

Sunday, May 5

9am

The ceremony to bestow His Majesty’s Royal Cypher and Royal Title and to grant the royal ranks to members of royalty takes place at Amarindra Vinicchaya Throne Hall.

4:30pm

His Majesty the King rides in the Royal Palanquin in the Royal Procession on Land to encircle the city, affording people the opportunity to attend and pay homage to their new King.

The Route of the Royal Land Procession is from the Grand Palace, the procession comes out from Abhorn Bimok Pavilion through Vises Jayasri Gate. It turns right to Na Phra Lan Road, turns left to Ratchadamnoen Nai Road, turns right to Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, and then turns left to Tanao Road before moving toward Wat Bovoranives. The Royal Palanquin stops in front of Wat Bovoranives, where His Majesty the King enters to pay homage to the main Buddha image in the ubosot.

The procession continues to move along Phra Sumen Road and turns right to Ratchadamnoen Road, passing through the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall. Then it turns left to Atsadang Road and Bamrung Mueang Road. The Royal Palanquin stops in front of Wat Rajabopidh, where His Majesty enters to pay homage to the main Buddha image in the ubosot.

The procession leaves Wat Rajabopidh, passing through Fueang Nakhon Road, and then turns right to Charoen Krung Road. The Royal Palanquin stops in front of Wat Phra Chetuphon, where His Majesty enters to pay homage to the main Buddha image in the ubosot.

The procession with His Majesty riding in the Royal Palanquin leaves Wat Phra Chetuphon along Thai Wang Road, moving back to the Grand Palace. It enters Vises Jayasri Gate to Abhorn Bimok Pavilion.

Monday, May 6

Monday, May 6 has been declared a special public holiday in order for the public to join the celebrations in Bangkok.

4:30pm

HM the King grants a public audience on a balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall in the Grand Palace to present himself as the new monarch and receive the good wishes of the Thai people.

5:30pm

HM grants an audience to international diplomatic staff who offer their best wishes at the Chakri Maha Prasad Throne Hall.

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Here is some footage from the last coronation in Thailand when King Bhumibol became Thailand’s ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty.

SOURCE: richardbarrow.com | bangkokpost.com | thethaiger.com

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4 new BTS stations open, free until the end of the year

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The BTS Skytrain is as ubiquitous in Bangkok as great street food and fake Viagra, and it’s now added 4 new stops to extend its reach. The new BTS Green Line extension, running fro Mor Chit station and Khu Khot station in Rangsit, opened to the public today. The new extension was officially launched by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning, and opened to commuters from 1:30pm.

The 4 new stations are: Royal Forest Department, Bang Sua, 11th Infantry Regiment and Wat Phra Sri Mahathat. In a trip that took 11 minutes, the PM travelled from Ha Yaek Lat Phrao station (on Phahon Yothin Road, before the four new stations) to the end of the line at Wat Phra Sri Mahat.

The extension of the northern service covers 4.2 kilometres, and travel on the new section is free until the end of the year. Whoo Hoo!

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The system now comprises 47 stations along two lines: the Sukhumvit Line running northwards and eastwards, and the Silom Line which serves Silom and Sathorn Roads, the central business district of Bangkok, terminating at National Stadium and Bang Wa.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Lumpini boxing stadium officials side-lined over Covid-19 cluster

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A report in Nation Thailand says that Thailand’s army chief Apirat Kongsompong has ordered the transfer of all committee members at the Lumpini Boxing Stadium in Bangkok. The dressing down and side-lining of the officials comes after the committee went ahead with a boxing match at the stadium on March 6, two days after the government ordered such venues to close, as part of the Covid-19 lockdown measures.

The stadium is owned and operated by the Royal Thai Army.

The stadium was later found to be a hotbed for the virus, generating a cluster of hundreds of infectionsthat spread beyond Bangkok and into other provinces. A subsequent inspection has revealed serious problems with the venue’s hygiene and disease prevention measures.

Army Chief Apirat Kongsompong is ordering the transfer of all committee members, having already transferred the manager, Rachit Arunrungsee, who is reportedly set to retire in September.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Man arrested after hacking bank account of nearly 400,000 baht

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Police arrested a man for fraud after he hacked into a rich businessman’s bank accounts using a smartphone sent in the mail, posing it as a prize. 34 year old Anontwat Vorametchayangkul took 395,000 baht from the man’s accounts, police announced yesterday. He has a background in computer science, and police say he is wanted in 9 cases which are mostly fraud related.

A text message was sent to the businessman saying he won a phone in a customer reward promotion from a luxury hotel where he had recently stayed. He also received calls from the number, and when he didn’t answer, they contacted his mother’s phone saying the won the phone in a random drawing and he also won a free 3-day stay at the hotel.

The phone was later delivered to his house in Bangkok and was told to keep the SIM card in the phone for 2 hours to verify his reward. He checked his bank account sometime after and noticed money was missing.

The delivery driver was questioned. He said he took short term jobs he found online and was hired to deliver mobile phones people won in a hotel promotion for 5,000 baht. Police say the driver was not involved in the scam.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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