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As Thailand prepares to bid a final farewell this month to its beloved monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama 9, we pay tribute to the highly skilled handiwork of hundreds of artisans and artists who have spent much of the past year to create the most magnificent royal funeral pyre in Thai history.
These photos, all taken by Pongpipat Sriwaralak from The Fine Arts Department, share an insider’s view of the work that has gone into what will be one of the most important moments in modern Thai history.
Flip through this gallery to see exclusive images of the Royal Funeral under construction, from artisans, artists and volunteers working on the royal images to wide-angle views of the royal crematorium, Phra Meru Mas.