The Thai government announced the design of a 50-meter structure for the royal cremation fire
The Department of Fine Arts at the Ministry of Culture of Thailand published sketches of the funeral pyre of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), who died in October 2016. Construction should begin on January 10th and end in September next year.
A cremation fire is supposed to be placed in front of the Grand Palace in the center of Bangkok, on Sanam Luang Square.
The head of the department Anan Chuchoti told reporters that the ritual building will occupy an area of 60 square meters. m, the height of the structure will be 50.49 m, and at each of its four corners there will be a pond with models of wind generators, developed by the Chai Pattana Foundation, whose honorary president was the late king.
The central building, crowned with a multi-tiered roof and spire and surrounded by eight tents, symbolizes Mount Meru, the allegorical center of the universe in Buddhism. The Nation writes: "The design of the royal crematorium is based on Buddhist cosmology and the belief that the king is a demigod."
The cremation building will be decorated with images of mythological creatures from Buddhist and Hindu texts, including the Garuda bird-deity, angels and the inhabitants of Himmapan forest surrounding Mount Meru.
The government has formed a committee for the construction of a cremation fire, its membership included representatives of art and officials. It is expected that about 8000 people will be present at the cremation ceremony to be held in 2018. The choice of date was determined by the period during which those who wish to say goodbye to the deceased monarch will arrive at the palace.
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A royal coffin made of teak wood will be decorated with carved roses and gold.
The cost of burial is not disclosed.
According to the Bangkok Post, the overall design of the royal funeral pyre is traditional and is associated with the legend of Mount Sumeru (Meru).The sacred mountain in the center of the world is the place where, according to the beliefs of Buddhists, the spirit of the king will return after the cremation of his body.
The King’s cremation ceremony was last held in 1950 after the death of Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII).