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Elaborate multimillion-dollar preparation for king's funeral

Published:Tuesday | October 10, 2017 | 12:04 AM
An artist sculpts deities and creatures from ancient epics to decorate the royal crematorium and funeral complex for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as preparations continue in Bangkok, Thailand.

BANGKOK, Thailand(AP):

Thai artists and craftsmen are putting the finishing touches on an elaborate crematorium complex ahead of the funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who reigned for 70 years before his death on October 13, 2016.

The crematorium, situated on a public field near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, is a representation of mystical Mount Meru, where gods reside, according to Buddhist and Hindu legends. The complex features nine golden-spired pavilions and more than 100 sculptures and statues of angels, gods, mythical creatures, and former kings.

Bhumibol will be honuored in an elaborate royal cremation ceremony from October 25 to 29.

The events, which have a budget of 1 billion baht (US$30 million), are the culmination of more than a year of official mourning.

The crematorium will be dismantled after the funeral.