Thousands fill the streets of Pattaya to pay final respects

South Pattaya road was a sea of black on October 26, after people began queuing in the early hours in an effort to pay their final respects for the much loved late king.

The actual cremation ceremony was held in Bangkok, but with it not being possible for every Thai person to attend smaller mirror ceremonies were held all across the kingdom.

Pattaya held its own ceremony at the Wat Chai temple on South Pattaya Road.

Thousands fill the streets of Pattaya to pay final respects

Police closed the road at 5am and all vehicles were removed in preparation for large numbers of mourners that were expected to turn out to pay their final respects.

However no one could have expected the sheer number of mourners that arrived some as early as 5am, all wearing black as requested by the temple.

Thousands fill the streets of Pattaya to pay final respects

By 9am all that could be seen on South Pattaya road was a sea of black as mourners turned out in their thousands.

Large queues formed and slowly people were admitted into the temple in small groups.

It was a hot day in Pattaya and the heat caused a few problems for people especially the elderly but luckily a large number of volunteers were on hand providing refreshments and medical assistance.

Thousands fill the streets of Pattaya to pay final respects

It was reported that some people queued up for up to five hours, however there was not one single complaint heard.

The ceremonies went on all day and concluded at midnight and will be a day many will remember for the rest of their lives.

Even though the late beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej is now at rest he will always remain in the hearts of his subjects.

Source: Pattaya One

Content: Love Pattaya Thailand

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