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16 Oct 2019 | 09:28 AM UTC

Thailand: Transportation disruptions ahead of Royal Barge Procession October 17-24

Thailand News Alert

Royal Barge Procession and rehearsal planned on October 17-24; transportation disruptions and crowded conditions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/17/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/24/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok Metropolitan Area

Event

A Royal Barge Procession will be held on the Bangkok Chao Phraya river on Thursday, October 24, at 15:15 (local time). As the government is expecting 30,000 participants at the event, heightened security measures and associated traffic disruptions are to be expected along the river and on surrounding roads during the ceremony. Ceremony rehearsals are scheduled for Thursday, October 17, and Monday, October 21.

Authorities announced the suspension of boat traffic on the area between Tha Wasukri and Tha Ratchaworadit piers, and road closures on the Rama VIII and Pin Klao Bridges during the ceremony.

Context

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

Advice

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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