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23 Nov 2019 | 11:55 PM UTC

Thailand: Royal procession in Bangkok December 12 /update 1

Thailand’s King Rama X will hold a royal barge procession followed by a parade in Bangkok on December 12; heightened security presence and localized disruptions expected



A royal barge procession will be held in Bangkok on Thursday, December 12, followed by a parade to the Grand Palace. King Rama X and other members of the royal family will take a barge down the Chao Phraya River starting at 13:30 (local time) before landing at the Tha Ratchaworadit pier. According to media reports, 52 vessels will participate in the procession. A parade led by soldiers will start from the Rajakij Winitchai Pavilion and end at the Grand Palace via Maharat and Na Phra Lan roads. Rehearsals will be held on Wednesday, December 4, and Saturday, December 7, with a final dress rehearsal on Monday, December 9. Spectators will be allowed to watch the procession along the riverbank and are being asked to wear yellow.

Heightened security measures, including an increased security presence and road closures, and transportation disruptions are expected around the royal processions. The government will not declare December 12 a national holiday to avoid business disruptions. However, crowded conditions are anticipated in the area.


The Royal Barge Procession is part of nationwide celebrations for King Rama X's coronation in May, which is the first coronation held in Thailand since 1950.


Individuals in Bangkok are advised to adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate crowded conditions, associated transportation disruptions, and a heightened security presence during the coronation period and ceremonies, and refrain from discussing politics, particularly regarding the royal family, in public or on social media. It is advised to wear appropriate and modest clothing when in public areas on the day of the ceremony.

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