Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Jan 11) presided over a ceremony marking the start of the deconstruction of the Royal Crematorium Complex of HM the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Sanam Luang.
Taking part in the religious rite with 89 senior monks chanting to worship the late king included all cabinet ministers, military top brass, top government officials, and members of the public.
The demolition process will begin with a fence being erected around the entire complex before a meeting is carried out to decide which buildings to remove first.
After the ceremony , Fine Arts Department officials will then relocate all of the artwork and sculptures from inside the main crematorium building to the Office of Traditional Arts in Nakhon Pathom.
It is expected that the demolition of the complex will take two months or to finish on March 15.
The main Sala Songtham pavillion, and other structures, including the two Sra Anodard ponds will be relocated at the Chalerm Phrakiat museum in Pathumthani province.
Meanwhile all dwarf trees will be returned to Nong Nooch park, and over 300,000 calendula flower trees will be moved to the grand plaza in front of the Dusit Palace for show during the winter fair end of this month.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)