Preparations are underway to dismantle the Royal Crematorium

The Fine Arts Department is making preparations to dismantle the Royal Crematorium after its closure for public viewing on Dec 31 and to move some of the structures to a new permanent exhibition building in Pathum Thani province.

The new permanent exhibition venue is set to be located on a 10-rai plot of land behind the National Archives in Honour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Tambon Klong Ha, Klong Luang district of Pathum Thani.

The planned permanent exhibition venue is aimed to be a learning centre about the life and activities of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Culture Minister Veera Rojpojchanarat on Dec 14 chaired a meeting of the committee in charge of organizing exhibitions on Royal Cremation ceremonies to discuss details about the dismantling of the Royal Crematorium and related structures and the construction of the new exhibition ground in Pathum Thani.

The Fine Arts Department is expected to finalise its preparations plan as well as design of the new exhibition centre to be submitted to the cabinet within this year or early next year with a request for funding.

The moving of some structures from the Royal Crematorium, including the Songtham royal merit-making pavilion and the Thap Kaset government officials' pavilion to the new exhibition venue which is expected to take about two years to complete.

Minister Veera said that only the most significant and unique items at the Royal Crematorium will be moved to the new exhibition centre.

He went on saying that the Fine Arts Department has plan to build a World Heritage Museum and a Museum of Thai Architecture and Thai Chang Sib Moo Artisans.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)