Over 200,000 visitors flock to royal crematorium of late Thai king

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BANGKOK, Nov. 7 – The Royal Crematorium of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej has drawn more than 200,000 visitors since opening to the public on Nov. 2, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn was quoted by local media as saying Tuesday.

The deputy minister who is in charge of tourism said visitors totaled over 202,000 in the first five days of its opening, adding that the overall number of visitors by the end of November is expected to top 3 million.

He said the government would consider whether to extend the exhibition on the royal crematorium which is currently scheduled to end on Nov. 30, given the public’s huge level of interest in seeing the magnificent site.

The royal crematorium stands in the center of Sanam Luang, a square in front of Bangkok’s Grand Palace. The glittering cremation complex, also known as an architecture of heaven, embodies the highest of Thai arts, with delicate towers adorned with images from mythology and the life of the late king, who passed away on Oct. 13, 2016, after seven decades on the throne.

People flock to see the splendid building and other items built by masters of arts across the country for the much-beloved late king.

Visitors are divided into eight groups of 300 and given 45 minutes to an hour to tour the site. Strict screening is still in force as it was at the royal cremation ceremony late last month.

(Copyright Xinhua, received through National News Agency)

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