Story highlightsLate monarch’s body moved to Royal Crematorium ThursdayThais paying their respects in Bangkok over five-day ceremony

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN)An endless sea of black-clad mourners filled Bangkok’s streets Thursday to say a final goodbye to their beloved monarch.

The massive crowds were gathered in the Thai capital to observe the pomp and circumstance on day two of the country’s elaborate five-day funeral for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled the country for 70 years.The King’s body was transported in a procession from the Grand Palace, where it was lying in state, to Sanam Luang, the site of the Royal Crematorium, which was built for the occasion.The mourners dressed in dark colors stood in stark contrast to the gold symbolic urn that was being transported alongside soldiers dressed in red and white. The ceremony for the man who was once the world’s longest-reigning monarch began late Wednesday, just over one year since he died at the age of 88 on October 13, 2016. Read MoreAlso known as Rama IX — a reference to his lineage stretching from Rama I, the founder of the Chakri dynasty — the King commanded great love and respect within Thailand. Ahead of the ceremony, Thais, dressed in black, slept in the streets to reserve the best vantage points for the funeral procession, which will culminate with his cremation at the Royal Crematorium, a three-tier, 50-meter (165-foot) high golden funeral pyre.Thousands came for just a chance to be close to a man who helped steer the country through coups and chaos. Despite the throngs of people, the crowds appeared to be calm and organized.Mourners attend the funeral procession of late Thai king.Mourners attend the funeral procession of late Thai king.Mourners attend the funeral procession of late Thai king.Jirapa Kaewin traveled to Bangkok with her twin 18-year-old daughters and had been in line since midnight. “At first we thought we might not come because around my home there is an event organized for the King,” she said, “but I thought, this is once in a lifetime, so we have to come.”Kaewin is from the neighboring province of Samut Prakan, where she works at a cosmetics company.”I wanted to come earlier but had to work yesterday,” she said. “We tried to get as close as possible.”A woman walks past portraits of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, left, and King Maha Vajiralongkorn, on October 26, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. A woman walks past portraits of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, left, and King Maha Vajiralongkorn, on October 26, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. A woman walks past portraits of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, left, and King Maha Vajiralongkorn, on October 26, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Many Thais considered the event too special to miss. “I’m here today because it’s an important day,” Yanisa Sonjai, 24, told CNN during the procession. “We would like to be as close as possible to send him back to the heavens.””I believe everyone doesn’t want this day, but we have to accept that it’s the time that our king has to go back to the heavens. He has dedicated his life to working really hard for us. He’s still in our heart.”Thursday has been declared a public holiday to allow Thais the opportunity to pay their final respects during what an official guide said “will be one of the most touching and elaborate cremation ceremonies ever seen in Thailand.”The funeral is set to be the biggest in living memory, according to the guide, and budget of three billion Thai baht ($90 million) has been allocated for the event. Banks and shops are closed across the country and the nation’s police force — some 230,000 officers — are on duty to contain the crowds.Mourners react during the funeral.Mourners react during the funeral.Mourners react during the funeral.How Thais are mourning the death of their king As the sun rose on a clear, cloudless morning in Bangkok, much of the city appeared to have woken early for the event.A Thai cyclist prays in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok on October 16, 2016. Thousands of Thai men and women gather daily in the vicinity of the palace to pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej after his death Thursday.A Thai cyclist prays in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok on October 16, 2016. Thousands of Thai men and women gather daily in the vicinity of the palace to pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej after his death Thursday. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88A Thai cyclist prays in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok on October 16, 2016. Thousands of Thai men and women gather daily in the vicinity of the palace to pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej after his death Thursday.Hide Caption 1 of 18A Buddhist monk stands next to line of mourners waiting to pay their respects to the body of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, October 15, 2016.A Buddhist monk stands next to line of mourners waiting to pay their respects to the body of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, October 15, 2016. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88A Buddhist monk stands next to line of mourners waiting to pay their respects to the body of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, October 15, 2016.Hide Caption 2 of 18Devotees light candles for the late Thai King  at Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya on October 14.Devotees light candles for the late Thai King  at Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya on October 14. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88Devotees light candles for the late Thai King at Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya on October 14.Hide Caption 3 of 18A Thai man carries high an image of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej as a large crowd floods the streets leading to the Royal Palace on October 14, 2016.A Thai man carries high an image of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej as a large crowd floods the streets leading to the Royal Palace on October 14, 2016. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88A Thai man carries high an image of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej as a large crowd floods the streets leading to the Royal Palace on October 14, 2016.Hide Caption 4 of 18A van carries the body of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's to his palace in Bangkok on October 14.A van carries the body of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's to his palace in Bangkok on October 14. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88A van carries the body of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s to his palace in Bangkok on October 14.Hide Caption 5 of 18Thais gathering outside of Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok hold up baht notes with a portrait of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday, October 14, in Bangkok, Thailand, following news of his death the previous day.Thais gathering outside of Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok hold up baht notes with a portrait of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday, October 14, in Bangkok, Thailand, following news of his death the previous day. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88Thais gathering outside of Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok hold up baht notes with a portrait of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday, October 14, in Bangkok, Thailand, following news of his death the previous day.Hide Caption 6 of 18A flag flies at half-staff outside a government hospital on October 14 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. According to a palace statement, all government buildings will fly the Thai flag at half-staff for 30 days starting on Friday.A flag flies at half-staff outside a government hospital on October 14 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. According to a palace statement, all government buildings will fly the Thai flag at half-staff for 30 days starting on Friday. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88A flag flies at half-staff outside a government hospital on October 14 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. According to a palace statement, all government buildings will fly the Thai flag at half-staff for 30 days starting on Friday.Hide Caption 7 of 18Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-cha attends a traditional funeral bathing ceremony for the King at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Friday.Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-cha attends a traditional funeral bathing ceremony for the King at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Friday. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-cha attends a traditional funeral bathing ceremony for the King at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Friday.Hide Caption 8 of 18The Prime Minister arrives to pay respects to the late King at the Grand Palace on October 14.The Prime Minister arrives to pay respects to the late King at the Grand Palace on October 14. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88The Prime Minister arrives to pay respects to the late King at the Grand Palace on October 14.Hide Caption 9 of 18Dignitaries participate in a ceremony commemorating the King at Wat Phra Singh on Friday in Chiang Mai.Dignitaries participate in a ceremony commemorating the King at Wat Phra Singh on Friday in Chiang Mai. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88Dignitaries participate in a ceremony commemorating the King at Wat Phra Singh on Friday in Chiang Mai.Hide Caption 10 of 18Buddhist monks line up to offer condolences at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Friday.Buddhist monks line up to offer condolences at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Friday. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88Buddhist monks line up to offer condolences at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Friday.Hide Caption 11 of 18People dressed mostly in black wait outside the Grand Palace to pay respects to the King on October 14.People dressed mostly in black wait outside the Grand Palace to pay respects to the King on October 14. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88People dressed mostly in black wait outside the Grand Palace to pay respects to the King on October 14.Hide Caption 12 of 18The Thai Royal Guard marches in honor of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday.The Thai Royal Guard marches in honor of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88The Thai Royal Guard marches in honor of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday.Hide Caption 13 of 18Amid a procession of vehicles, a van carries the body of the King to his palace in Bangkok on Friday.Amid a procession of vehicles, a van carries the body of the King to his palace in Bangkok on Friday. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88Amid a procession of vehicles, a van carries the body of the King to his palace in Bangkok on Friday.Hide Caption 14 of 18Mourners shade themselves under umbrellas while they await the procession of the King's body to the palace in Bangkok on October 14. Mourners shade themselves under umbrellas while they await the procession of the King's body to the palace in Bangkok on October 14. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88Mourners shade themselves under umbrellas while they await the procession of the King’s body to the palace in Bangkok on October 14. Hide Caption 15 of 18A woman passes out after an official statement announces the death of the king.A woman passes out after an official statement announces the death of the king. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88A woman passes out after an official statement announces the death of the king.Hide Caption 16 of 18People react to news of the King's death outside Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on Thursday.People react to news of the King's death outside Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on Thursday. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88People react to news of the King’s death outside Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on Thursday.Hide Caption 17 of 18A women cries after learning of the King's death on October 13 in Bangkok.A women cries after learning of the King's death on October 13 in Bangkok. Photos: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88A women cries after learning of the King’s death on October 13 in Bangkok.Hide Caption 18 of 18Thai King mourned 10 16Thai King 4Thai King 3Thai King 2Thai King14 thailand king mourning 101412 thailand king mourning 101411 thailand king mourning 101403 thailand king procession 101413 thailand king mourning 101415 thailand king mourning 101404 thailand king procession 101405 thailand king procession 101409 thailand king mourning 101410 thailand king mourning 1014GettyImages-614295604BKmourning06 Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej 101308 thailand king mourning 1014 By 7 a.m., mourners were sitting under the blue sky in front of a large screen waiting for the funeral procession to begin about a kilometer away. Mothers braided their daughters’ hair; monks collected morning alms among the mourners; and many spoke quietly among themselves or on their cell phones, waiting for a final glimpse of their departed King. Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn  takes part in the funeral procession.Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn  takes part in the funeral procession.Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn takes part in the funeral procession.Bhumibol’s funeral will also be attended by dignitaries and royal families from 42 countries including US Defense Secretary James Mattis, Britain’s Duke of York Prince Andrew, Japan’s Prince Akishino and royalty from Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Sweden.A popular KingThe former king was immensely popular during his reign. He was seen as a leader who skillfully charted a course that put the monarchy at the center of Thai society, acting as a force for community and tradition even as the country lurched between political crises and more than a dozen military coups, both attempted and successful.Bhumibol reigned over more than 20 prime ministers and many constitutional changes. He also helped the country navigate the disruptive effects of the Vietnam War during the 1960s and 70s.Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned king on May 5, 1950. News of the 88-year-old's death was announced Thursday, October 13, via a statement from the Royal Palace read on state TV. He was the world's longest-reigning living monarch.Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned king on May 5, 1950. News of the 88-year-old's death was announced Thursday, October 13, via a statement from the Royal Palace read on state TV. He was the world's longest-reigning living monarch. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesThailand’s Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned king on May 5, 1950. News of the 88-year-old’s death was announced Thursday, October 13, via a statement from the Royal Palace read on state TV. He was the world’s longest-reigning living monarch.Hide Caption 1 of 16Bhumibol, left, is pictured in 1935 with his older brother, the former King Ananda Mahidol, in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the boys attended school. King Ananda was 20 when he died of a gunshot wound under mysterious circumstances. His 18-year-old brother, known then as Prince Phumiphon Aduldet, later assumed the throne to become King Bhumibol Adulyadej.Bhumibol, left, is pictured in 1935 with his older brother, the former King Ananda Mahidol, in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the boys attended school. King Ananda was 20 when he died of a gunshot wound under mysterious circumstances. His 18-year-old brother, known then as Prince Phumiphon Aduldet, later assumed the throne to become King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesBhumibol, left, is pictured in 1935 with his older brother, the former King Ananda Mahidol, in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the boys attended school. King Ananda was 20 when he died of a gunshot wound under mysterious circumstances. His 18-year-old brother, known then as Prince Phumiphon Aduldet, later assumed the throne to become King Bhumibol Adulyadej.Hide Caption 2 of 16Bhumibol and his future wife, Princess Sirikit Kityakara, are pictured in Lausanne in 1949. The couple married a year later at Srapathum Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.Bhumibol and his future wife, Princess Sirikit Kityakara, are pictured in Lausanne in 1949. The couple married a year later at Srapathum Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesBhumibol and his future wife, Princess Sirikit Kityakara, are pictured in Lausanne in 1949. The couple married a year later at Srapathum Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.Hide Caption 3 of 16The King and Queen pose with their children, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Princess Ubol Ratana, on the steps of Bangkok's Chitralada Palace in 1955. Two more daughters, Princesses Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Chulabhorn Walailak, were born in 1955 and 1957.The King and Queen pose with their children, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Princess Ubol Ratana, on the steps of Bangkok's Chitralada Palace in 1955. Two more daughters, Princesses Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Chulabhorn Walailak, were born in 1955 and 1957. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesThe King and Queen pose with their children, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Princess Ubol Ratana, on the steps of Bangkok’s Chitralada Palace in 1955. Two more daughters, Princesses Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Chulabhorn Walailak, were born in 1955 and 1957.Hide Caption 4 of 16The royal couple ride with U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower during a five-day state visit to the United States in 1960.The royal couple ride with U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower during a five-day state visit to the United States in 1960. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesThe royal couple ride with U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower during a five-day state visit to the United States in 1960.Hide Caption 5 of 16The King, far right, plays the saxophone during a 1960 jam session with legendary jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman and his band in New York.The King, far right, plays the saxophone during a 1960 jam session with legendary jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman and his band in New York. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesThe King, far right, plays the saxophone during a 1960 jam session with legendary jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman and his band in New York.Hide Caption 6 of 16The King walks with his wife and their 13-year-old son, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, during a visit to Britain in 1966.The King walks with his wife and their 13-year-old son, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, during a visit to Britain in 1966. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesThe King walks with his wife and their 13-year-old son, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, during a visit to Britain in 1966.Hide Caption 7 of 16The King convenes the first meeting of his country's National Reform Assembly during a ceremony held in Bangkok in 1976. The King put the monarchy at the center of Thai society, acting as a force for community and tradition even as the country flipped between political crises and military coups.The King convenes the first meeting of his country's National Reform Assembly during a ceremony held in Bangkok in 1976. The King put the monarchy at the center of Thai society, acting as a force for community and tradition even as the country flipped between political crises and military coups. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesThe King convenes the first meeting of his country’s National Reform Assembly during a ceremony held in Bangkok in 1976. The King put the monarchy at the center of Thai society, acting as a force for community and tradition even as the country flipped between political crises and military coups.Hide Caption 8 of 16The King raises a camera to take a photo in 1995. He was given his first camera in 1934, which ignited a lifelong enthusiasm for photography. He has often been seen with a camera around his neck during public appearances.The King raises a camera to take a photo in 1995. He was given his first camera in 1934, which ignited a lifelong enthusiasm for photography. He has often been seen with a camera around his neck during public appearances. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesThe King raises a camera to take a photo in 1995. He was given his first camera in 1934, which ignited a lifelong enthusiasm for photography. He has often been seen with a camera around his neck during public appearances.Hide Caption 9 of 16The King and Queen survey a rice crop made possible by a Royal Irrigation Project in 1996. The project formed part of the Royal Development Projects, which focused on developing remote rural areas. The King has taken an interest in environmental projects throughout his long reign.The King and Queen survey a rice crop made possible by a Royal Irrigation Project in 1996. The project formed part of the Royal Development Projects, which focused on developing remote rural areas. The King has taken an interest in environmental projects throughout his long reign. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesThe King and Queen survey a rice crop made possible by a Royal Irrigation Project in 1996. The project formed part of the Royal Development Projects, which focused on developing remote rural areas. The King has taken an interest in environmental projects throughout his long reign.Hide Caption 10 of 16The King reviews an honor guard with Queen Sirikit and Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn during the annual military parade to celebrate his birthday in 2006.The King reviews an honor guard with Queen Sirikit and Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn during the annual military parade to celebrate his birthday in 2006. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesThe King reviews an honor guard with Queen Sirikit and Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn during the annual military parade to celebrate his birthday in 2006.Hide Caption 11 of 16The King lights candles at a ceremony to mark Coronation Day in Bangkok in 2007.The King lights candles at a ceremony to mark Coronation Day in Bangkok in 2007. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesThe King lights candles at a ceremony to mark Coronation Day in Bangkok in 2007.Hide Caption 12 of 16The King is wheeled towards his yacht in 2010, during a rare public appearance to open a new flood gate and two bridges in Bangkok.The King is wheeled towards his yacht in 2010, during a rare public appearance to open a new flood gate and two bridges in Bangkok. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesThe King is wheeled towards his yacht in 2010, during a rare public appearance to open a new flood gate and two bridges in Bangkok.Hide Caption 13 of 16The King is pictured with family members in 2012. He addressed a crowd from a balcony on his 85th birthday.The King is pictured with family members in 2012. He addressed a crowd from a balcony on his 85th birthday. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesThe King is pictured with family members in 2012. He addressed a crowd from a balcony on his 85th birthday.Hide Caption 14 of 16The King is seen through a car window as he leaves the Siriraj hospital in Bangkok in 2015.The King is seen through a car window as he leaves the Siriraj hospital in Bangkok in 2015. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesThe King is seen through a car window as he leaves the Siriraj hospital in Bangkok in 2015.Hide Caption 15 of 16A portrait of the King is held on the eve of his 88th birthday as people gather outside the Siriraj hospital in 2015. The King of Thailand is regarded as a demi-god by many Thais, and his popularity has been viewed as a unifying force during times of political unrest.A portrait of the King is held on the eve of his 88th birthday as people gather outside the Siriraj hospital in 2015. The King of Thailand is regarded as a demi-god by many Thais, and his popularity has been viewed as a unifying force during times of political unrest. Photos: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A life in picturesA portrait of the King is held on the eve of his 88th birthday as people gather outside the Siriraj hospital in 2015. 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For most Thais, he is the only monarch they have ever known, and before his death, analysts expressed concern that his passing will remove a vital point of unity in an increasingly divided country.His portrait is hung adorned with marigolds everywhere from Bangkok office lobbies to the poorest of rural homes.For the last year, hundreds of artists have been preparing sculptures and artworks for the funeral of Thailand's late king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.For the last year, hundreds of artists have been preparing sculptures and artworks for the funeral of Thailand's late king, Bhumibol Adulyadej. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralFor the last year, hundreds of artists have been preparing sculptures and artworks for the funeral of Thailand’s late king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.Hide Caption 1 of 23While Thailand is predominantly Buddhist, many elements of the funeral draw on Hindu traditions.<br />While Thailand is predominantly Buddhist, many elements of the funeral draw on Hindu traditions.<br /> Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralWhile Thailand is predominantly Buddhist, many elements of the funeral draw on Hindu traditions.Hide Caption 2 of 23Depictions of mythical and religious figures make up a large proportion of the sculptures.Depictions of mythical and religious figures make up a large proportion of the sculptures. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralDepictions of mythical and religious figures make up a large proportion of the sculptures.Hide Caption 3 of 23The artworks play an important role of the funeral of King Bhumibol, who possesses god-like status in Thailand. According to religious traditions, the ceremony will see the king complete his journey into the afterlife.The artworks play an important role of the funeral of King Bhumibol, who possesses god-like status in Thailand. According to religious traditions, the ceremony will see the king complete his journey into the afterlife. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralThe artworks play an important role of the funeral of King Bhumibol, who possesses god-like status in Thailand. According to religious traditions, the ceremony will see the king complete his journey into the afterlife.Hide Caption 4 of 23Coming in at a cost of 3 billion baht (about $90 million) to the Thai government, this royal funeral is set to be the biggest in living memory.Coming in at a cost of 3 billion baht (about $90 million) to the Thai government, this royal funeral is set to be the biggest in living memory. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralComing in at a cost of 3 billion baht (about $90 million) to the Thai government, this royal funeral is set to be the biggest in living memory.Hide Caption 5 of 23The art workshops, which are located in and around Bangkok, are operated by the government's Department of Fine Arts.The art workshops, which are located in and around Bangkok, are operated by the government's Department of Fine Arts. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralThe art workshops, which are located in and around Bangkok, are operated by the government’s Department of Fine Arts.Hide Caption 6 of 23The most intricate works have been carried out by professional artists selected by the Thai government officials.The most intricate works have been carried out by professional artists selected by the Thai government officials. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralThe most intricate works have been carried out by professional artists selected by the Thai government officials.Hide Caption 7 of 23An image of the king as a young man on display at a government art studio outside Bangkok. "When we are working, we always think of His Majesty," said sculptor Chatmongkol Insawang.An image of the king as a young man on display at a government art studio outside Bangkok. "When we are working, we always think of His Majesty," said sculptor Chatmongkol Insawang. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralAn image of the king as a young man on display at a government art studio outside Bangkok. “When we are working, we always think of His Majesty,” said sculptor Chatmongkol Insawang.Hide Caption 8 of 23In addition to sculptures, a variety of ornate paintings and embroideries have also been prepared for the funeral.In addition to sculptures, a variety of ornate paintings and embroideries have also been prepared for the funeral. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralIn addition to sculptures, a variety of ornate paintings and embroideries have also been prepared for the funeral.Hide Caption 9 of 23While many of the artworks draw on religious imagery, the king's life and achievements have also served as inspiration.While many of the artworks draw on religious imagery, the king's life and achievements have also served as inspiration. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralWhile many of the artworks draw on religious imagery, the king’s life and achievements have also served as inspiration.Hide Caption 10 of 23Preparing works for the funeral is considered an honor and a career highlight by many of the artists.Preparing works for the funeral is considered an honor and a career highlight by many of the artists. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralPreparing works for the funeral is considered an honor and a career highlight by many of the artists.Hide Caption 11 of 23Tasked with crafting more than 500 sculptures for the extravagant five-day ceremony, some of the sculptors have been working daily for almost a year.Tasked with crafting more than 500 sculptures for the extravagant five-day ceremony, some of the sculptors have been working daily for almost a year. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralTasked with crafting more than 500 sculptures for the extravagant five-day ceremony, some of the sculptors have been working daily for almost a year.Hide Caption 12 of 23"Each individual artist has his or her own style (but) they must lose their style and stick to the approved sketch," said 56-year-old artist Sanan Rattana."Each individual artist has his or her own style (but) they must lose their style and stick to the approved sketch," said 56-year-old artist Sanan Rattana. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeral”Each individual artist has his or her own style (but) they must lose their style and stick to the approved sketch,” said 56-year-old artist Sanan Rattana.Hide Caption 13 of 23Some artists commute up to four hours every day to reach workshops across Bangkok. Some artists commute up to four hours every day to reach workshops across Bangkok. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralSome artists commute up to four hours every day to reach workshops across Bangkok. Hide Caption 14 of 23On October 26, King Bhumibol's body will be transported to the crematorium, where many of the artworks are now located.On October 26, King Bhumibol's body will be transported to the crematorium, where many of the artworks are now located. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralOn October 26, King Bhumibol’s body will be transported to the crematorium, where many of the artworks are now located.Hide Caption 15 of 23The extensive collection of artworks is just one part of a fastidiously organized ceremony expected to bring hundreds of thousands to the streets of the Thai capital this week.The extensive collection of artworks is just one part of a fastidiously organized ceremony expected to bring hundreds of thousands to the streets of the Thai capital this week. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralThe extensive collection of artworks is just one part of a fastidiously organized ceremony expected to bring hundreds of thousands to the streets of the Thai capital this week.Hide Caption 16 of 23"The king liked sweet and bright colors, so we decided to use pink, orange and yellow," said painter Kiattisak Suwannaphong."The king liked sweet and bright colors, so we decided to use pink, orange and yellow," said painter Kiattisak Suwannaphong. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeral”The king liked sweet and bright colors, so we decided to use pink, orange and yellow,” said painter Kiattisak Suwannaphong.Hide Caption 17 of 23The largest and most elaborate sculptures can take up to five months to complete.The largest and most elaborate sculptures can take up to five months to complete. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralThe largest and most elaborate sculptures can take up to five months to complete.Hide Caption 18 of 23In addition to religious references, the artworks depict a variety of real-life figures and scenes from King Bhumibol's 70-year reign.In addition to religious references, the artworks depict a variety of real-life figures and scenes from King Bhumibol's 70-year reign. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralIn addition to religious references, the artworks depict a variety of real-life figures and scenes from King Bhumibol’s 70-year reign.Hide Caption 19 of 23While many of the artists are professionals, some have volunteered their services for free. Those volunteers who are unable to produce art themselves can be found cleaning up paint and assisting with equipment.While many of the artists are professionals, some have volunteered their services for free. Those volunteers who are unable to produce art themselves can be found cleaning up paint and assisting with equipment. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralWhile many of the artists are professionals, some have volunteered their services for free. Those volunteers who are unable to produce art themselves can be found cleaning up paint and assisting with equipment.Hide Caption 20 of 23Now complete, all of the artworks will be transported to the royal funeral pyre in central Bangkok, next to the Grand Palace.Now complete, all of the artworks will be transported to the royal funeral pyre in central Bangkok, next to the Grand Palace. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeralNow complete, all of the artworks will be transported to the royal funeral pyre in central Bangkok, next to the Grand Palace.Hide Caption 21 of 23"I feel this is the highest honor in an artisan's life," said sculptor Chatmongkol Insawang. "I feel this is the highest honor in an artisan's life," said sculptor Chatmongkol Insawang. Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeral”I feel this is the highest honor in an artisan’s life,” said sculptor Chatmongkol Insawang. Hide Caption 22 of 23"We have a chance to serve (the late king).""We have a chance to serve (the late king)." Photos: Thai artists prepare for King's funeral”We have a chance to serve (the late king).”Hide Caption 23 of 23bangkok sculpture 2bangkok sculpture 3bangkok sculpture 23bangkok sculpture 5bangkok sculpture 6bangkok sculpture 4bangkok sculpture 1bangkok sculpture 11bangkok sculpture 8bangkok sculpture 16bangkok sculpture 7bangkok sculpture 20bangkok sculpture 12bangkok sculpture 21bangkok sculpture 22bangkok sculpture 9bangkok sculpture 17bangkok sculpture 18bangkok sculpture 13bangkok sculpture 19bangkok sculpture 10bangkok sculpture 14bangkok sculpture 15As Thailand says goodbye to its king, what can Bangkok travelers expect?The pyreThe centerpiece of the funeral is an ornate funeral pyre called the Royal Crematorium which has been erected in central Bangkok, next to the Grand Palace.The ceremony will reach its climax late Thursday night, when Bhumibol’s son and successor, King Rama V or King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, lights the pyre, which was built to resemble the sacred center of the Hindu universe, Mount Meru. Opinion: King Bhumibol leaves behind a grateful nationWhile Thailand is predominantly Buddhist, many elements of the funeral draw on Hindu traditions. In addition to religious references, the artworks depict a variety of real-life scenes and figures, such as infrastructure projects built during Bhumibol’s reign and his two favorite dogs, Tongdaeng and Jo Cho.<strong>A final farewell: </strong>Following a year of mourning  since the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a Royal Cremation Ceremony for the revered monarch will be held October 25-29 in Bangkok's historic Sanam Luang area. <strong>A final farewell: </strong>Following a year of mourning  since the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a Royal Cremation Ceremony for the revered monarch will be held October 25-29 in Bangkok's historic Sanam Luang area. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king A final farewell: Following a year of mourning since the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a Royal Cremation Ceremony for the revered monarch will be held October 25-29 in Bangkok’s historic Sanam Luang area. Hide Caption 1 of 16<strong>'Father of the nation': </strong>The late king, often called the "father of the nation," was beloved and respected among his subjects. Many Thai citizens went to pay respects during a cremation dress rehearsal on October 21.<strong>'Father of the nation': </strong>The late king, often called the "father of the nation," was beloved and respected among his subjects. Many Thai citizens went to pay respects during a cremation dress rehearsal on October 21. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king ‘Father of the nation’: The late king, often called the “father of the nation,” was beloved and respected among his subjects. Many Thai citizens went to pay respects during a cremation dress rehearsal on October 21.Hide Caption 2 of 16<strong>World's longest reigning monarch: </strong>Passing away at the age of 88, the king reigned over Thailand for seven decades.  <strong>World's longest reigning monarch: </strong>Passing away at the age of 88, the king reigned over Thailand for seven decades.  Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king World’s longest reigning monarch: Passing away at the age of 88, the king reigned over Thailand for seven decades. Hide Caption 3 of 16<strong>A colorful ceremony:</strong> The Royal Cremation Ceremony will be filled with ancient rites, colorful performances and grand street processions.<strong>A colorful ceremony:</strong> The Royal Cremation Ceremony will be filled with ancient rites, colorful performances and grand street processions. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king A colorful ceremony: The Royal Cremation Ceremony will be filled with ancient rites, colorful performances and grand street processions.Hide Caption 4 of 16<strong>Golden crematorium:</strong> A large, three-tiered 50-meter-high golden Royal Crematorium featuring the work of dozens of skilled artists has been built. <strong>Golden crematorium:</strong> A large, three-tiered 50-meter-high golden Royal Crematorium featuring the work of dozens of skilled artists has been built. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king Golden crematorium: A large, three-tiered 50-meter-high golden Royal Crematorium featuring the work of dozens of skilled artists has been built. Hide Caption 5 of 16<strong>Travel guidelines: </strong>Most businesses, including museums and restaurants, are expected to close on October 26, when the actual cremation will take place. The day has been declared a public holiday. <strong>Travel guidelines: </strong>Most businesses, including museums and restaurants, are expected to close on October 26, when the actual cremation will take place. The day has been declared a public holiday. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king Travel guidelines: Most businesses, including museums and restaurants, are expected to close on October 26, when the actual cremation will take place. The day has been declared a public holiday. Hide Caption 6 of 16<strong>'Be understanding and patient': </strong>Visitors are more than welcome during this historic period, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand. "During this time, we ask tourists and visitors for their understanding and patience should they experience any inconveniences," says the organization in a statement. <strong>'Be understanding and patient': </strong>Visitors are more than welcome during this historic period, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand. "During this time, we ask tourists and visitors for their understanding and patience should they experience any inconveniences," says the organization in a statement. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king ‘Be understanding and patient’: Visitors are more than welcome during this historic period, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand. “During this time, we ask tourists and visitors for their understanding and patience should they experience any inconveniences,” says the organization in a statement. Hide Caption 7 of 16<strong>What to wear: </strong>The majority of Thai people are wearing black clothing this week. Tourists are asked to dress respectfully during this period.<strong>What to wear: </strong>The majority of Thai people are wearing black clothing this week. Tourists are asked to dress respectfully during this period. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king What to wear: The majority of Thai people are wearing black clothing this week. Tourists are asked to dress respectfully during this period.Hide Caption 8 of 16<strong>Dress code: </strong>Those wanting to attend the Royal Cremation Ceremony are required to wear all black. Tight clothing and sleeveless shirts are prohibited.<strong>Dress code: </strong>Those wanting to attend the Royal Cremation Ceremony are required to wear all black. Tight clothing and sleeveless shirts are prohibited. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king Dress code: Those wanting to attend the Royal Cremation Ceremony are required to wear all black. Tight clothing and sleeveless shirts are prohibited.Hide Caption 9 of 16<strong>Five-day ceremony: </strong>There will be six royal processions during the five-day ceremony, where attendees will get a glimpse of several royal chariots and palanquins.<strong>Five-day ceremony: </strong>There will be six royal processions during the five-day ceremony, where attendees will get a glimpse of several royal chariots and palanquins. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king Five-day ceremony: There will be six royal processions during the five-day ceremony, where attendees will get a glimpse of several royal chariots and palanquins.Hide Caption 10 of 16<strong>Schedule of events:</strong> The actual cremation will take place at 10 p.m. on October 26 and will be followed by merit-making ceremonies from October 27-29.<strong>Schedule of events:</strong> The actual cremation will take place at 10 p.m. on October 26 and will be followed by merit-making ceremonies from October 27-29. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king Schedule of events: The actual cremation will take place at 10 p.m. on October 26 and will be followed by merit-making ceremonies from October 27-29.Hide Caption 11 of 16<strong>Royal chariots and palanquins: </strong>This is one of the royal chariots, which will be used during the cremation ceremony. A ceremony was held last month to bless the chariot.<strong>Royal chariots and palanquins: </strong>This is one of the royal chariots, which will be used during the cremation ceremony. A ceremony was held last month to bless the chariot. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king Royal chariots and palanquins: This is one of the royal chariots, which will be used during the cremation ceremony. A ceremony was held last month to bless the chariot.Hide Caption 12 of 16<strong>Royal performances: </strong>Royal performances, including Khon masked dances, puppet shows and live music, will start at 6 p.m. on October 26 and continue until 6 a.m. the following day.<strong>Royal performances: </strong>Royal performances, including Khon masked dances, puppet shows and live music, will start at 6 p.m. on October 26 and continue until 6 a.m. the following day. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king Royal performances: Royal performances, including Khon masked dances, puppet shows and live music, will start at 6 p.m. on October 26 and continue until 6 a.m. the following day.Hide Caption 13 of 16<strong>Official mourning period: </strong>The Royal Cremation Ceremony will also mark the end of the country's official mourning period.<strong>Official mourning period: </strong>The Royal Cremation Ceremony will also mark the end of the country's official mourning period. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king Official mourning period: The Royal Cremation Ceremony will also mark the end of the country’s official mourning period.Hide Caption 14 of 16<strong>Related exhibition: </strong>An exhibition will be held at Sanam Luang for 30 days, from November 1-30, 7 a.m.-10 p.m., to showcase the arts of the Royal Crematorium and related structures.<strong>Related exhibition: </strong>An exhibition will be held at Sanam Luang for 30 days, from November 1-30, 7 a.m.-10 p.m., to showcase the arts of the Royal Crematorium and related structures. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king Related exhibition: An exhibition will be held at Sanam Luang for 30 days, from November 1-30, 7 a.m.-10 p.m., to showcase the arts of the Royal Crematorium and related structures.Hide Caption 15 of 16<strong>Behind the ceremony: </strong>For those wishing to learn more about the Royal Cremation Ceremony, the government has set up an <a href="http://kingrama9.net/EN" target="_blank">English language version of its website</a> highlighting all the ceremonies, the meanings behind them and a full schedule of events. <strong>Behind the ceremony: </strong>For those wishing to learn more about the Royal Cremation Ceremony, the government has set up an <a href="http://kingrama9.net/EN" target="_blank">English language version of its website</a> highlighting all the ceremonies, the meanings behind them and a full schedule of events. Photos: Bangkok prepares final goodbye for king Behind the ceremony: For those wishing to learn more about the Royal Cremation Ceremony, the government has set up an English language version of its website highlighting all the ceremonies, the meanings behind them and a full schedule of events. Hide Caption 16 of 16thai king funeral-864846398thai king funeral-864241964GettyImages-860582920thai king funeral-864845996thai king funeral-864846442GettyImages-850577550_masterGettyImages-844104726_masterGettyImages-860751852thai king funeral-864266228GettyImages-850577782_masterthai king funeral-864266212GettyImages-850577638_masterthai king funeral-864841134GettyImages-860581108GettyImages-844104764_masterGettyImages-860579894Those outside the capital will have the opportunity to pay their respects as well. As many as 85 replicas of the Royal Crematorium have been constructed — one for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces and nine for the Special Administrative Region of Bangkok. More than 500 statues, on which sculptors have been working daily for almost a year, have been created for ceremonies around the country; some of these statues will adorn the intricate tower. In addition, more than 800 sites have been designated across the country, where subjects will be able to present flowers carved from sandalwood — a traditional tribute to a deceased monarch.

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