One of the incredible things about Thailand is how much the culture has been preserved throughout the years. The royal family is an extremely important pillar of Thai society, and H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn has ascended to the throne following the death of his father, H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The coronation of H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn will take place from Saturday, May 4th, to Monday, May 6th, 2019. The actual coronation takes place on the 4th, and the 6th is declared a public holiday as a result. King Maha Vajiralongkorn accepted the throne in late 2016, but this will be the royal ceremony that celebrates his official coronation.
The Thai people have always been respectful and reverent of their monarch, and this is not simply an important day for the king. In fact, this will be the first official coronation of a lifetime for many of the Thai people, especially considering the fact that King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s father, H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, reigned for 70 years.
The Royal Coronation of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn will not be a closed-off or private event by any means, but will be broadcast in over 170 countries. In fact, rituals for the ceremony have already began, with officials collecting sacred water for purification rites weeks before the coronation.
It’s important to note that while many businesses might be closed on May 6th in particular, there is a good chance that shops and tourist attractions will still be open during this time. However, the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha will be closed.