THAILAND’S iconic Grand Palace will open its doors to tourists from tomorrow after temporarily closing after news of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Since last Saturday, mourners have been streaming into the palace to pay their last respects before the King’s body at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall.
For the next two weeks, starting from Saturday, the Grand Palace’s Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall will be opened to the public, where visitors can view the Royal Urn.
However, mourners who visit the palace are advised to dress in black for the length of the official mourning period.
Males are advised to wear a shirt or T-shirt with dark-colored trousers or jeans, as well as covered footwear. Meanwhile, women should wear a blouse or T-shirt that covers the shoulders, a long skirt or dress, and covered footwear.
The palace will open daily from 8am to 4pm, and the admission fee includes access to Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or Wat Phra Kaeo, the Royal Thai Decorations and Coins Pavilion, and the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles. Visitors are required to enter and exit through the Wiset Chaisri Gate.
Meanwhile, the business of tourism is taking place as usual in the country. But the MICE industry has taken a step back because of “possible lost bookings” or postponed bookings because of a perception that Thailand may have “shut down” during the 30-day mourning period, TTG Asia reported.
Peter Caprez, cluster general manager of three Marriott hotels in Bangkok and Samui, was quoted, “[Clients] feel that it might not be conducive having a meeting in Thailand at this time as the overall mood isn’t the same as always, and the famous ‘Thai Smile’ might be in short supply, which in turn affects delegates and meeting outcome[s].”