Preparations for the royal cremation of Her Royal Highness Princess Bejaratana on 9th April this year will follow the same guidelines as those for the royal cremation of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra in 2008.
There will be public performances on three open-air stages within the Sanam Luang ceremonial ground in Bangkok, which is the venue for the royal cremation. The first stage, located on the northern side of Sanam Luang, comprises khon masked drama, nang yai (great shadow play), hun krabok hun lakhon lek (a puppet show), and music. The second stage, located in front of the Supreme Court, consists of hun krabok puppetry, featuring the story of Phra Aphai Mani, a romantic adventure in Thai literature. The third is located in front of Thammasat University and consists of lakhon dance drama featuring the story of Sang Thong.
All the performances will take place from 7 p.m. on Monday 9th April to 6 a.m. on Tuesday 10th April. Monday has been declared a public holiday so that people can attend the cremation. A khon masked drama show will also be performed while the funeral pyre is being burned. The orchestra of Chulalongkorn University and the orchestra of the Government Public Relations Department will perform as part of the ceremony. LED screens will be installed at various spots in the Sanam Luang compound and on Ratchadamnoen Road for people to view this rare ceremony. A total of two million copies of a brochure on the life and work of Princess Bejaratana will be distributed to the people at five pavilions around the ceremonial ground.
At this moment in time, the royal crematorium for the Princess is being built at Sanam Luang, and the public will be allowed to appreciate the fine architecture of the crematorium between 11th and 17th April 2012, before it is dismantled. The pictures on this page are of the crematorium for Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra. This was open to the public in November 2008 for a short period of time. A permanent exhibition on Princess Bejaratana will be held at Sanam Chandra Palace in Nakhon Pathom province.
Source: Public Relations Department of the Royal Thai Government