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Thailand: Workers, Artists Build Gigantic Pyre for King Bhumibol

BenarNews staff
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As construction workers build an ornate 50 meter- (165 feet-) tall royal pyre and complex of structures where late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be cremated in October as part of funeral rites stretching over five days, artisans are working to complete hundreds of sculptures to fill it.

Construction began shortly after a Feb. 27 ceremony to lay the cornerstones for the complex going up next to the Grand Palace in Bangkok, where the king’s body is being kept before his cremation.

When he died at age 88 on Oct. 13, 2016, Bhumibol was the world’s longest-reigning monarch. His rule lasted seven decades and his cremation, now set for Oct. 26, will mark the end of a year of national mourning.

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