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Thailand starts building late king's funeral pyre next year

Thailand starts building late king's funeral pyre next yearThailand's government said Monday it will begin building the funeral pyre for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej next year, involving 8,000 people in the cremation ceremony.

Daily Buddhist funeral rites have been held for the king at the Grand Palace in Bangkok but a royal cremation will not take place for at least another year.

Deputy Prime Minister Thanasak Patimaprakorn said a committee had been set up to oversee construction of the king's cremation pyre in a public square in front of the palace.

"Building is expected to be completed before September 2017 but it depends on the weather," Thanasak told reporters, adding that up to 8,000 people will take part in the cremation ceremony.

The king who died last month at the age of 88 being the world's longest reigning monarch.
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