Royal Religious Rites: What’s Open and What’s Closed During the Mourning Period

During Thailand’s Mourning Period, many events have been cancelled or postponed and some tourist attractions will be closed. The following guide explains what’s open, what’s closed, what has been cancelled or postponed during Thailand’s period of national mourning. 

As Thailand is currently in a period of national mourning after the passing of the beloved monarch His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, many thousands of mourners have gathered around the Grand Palace in Bangkok to be present for the royal religious rites and ceremonies taking place and to pay their respects to the father of the nation. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to ask that members of the public stay updated via media announcements and notices from the Bureau of the Royal Household as well as the Royal Thai Government to ensure accurate information. We also request that the solemnity of these rites are observed and the visitors – local and international – wear respectful attire.

In the period of national mourning, some festivals and activities in the kingdom have been cancelled or postponed. Other events will go ahead as planned but may be toned down as a mark of respect. Please see the list of events that are postponed or cancelled in the following page.

The TAT would like to recommend that any visitors with travel or tourism plans reconfirm with agents and check local media regularly as well as follow the advice of the local authorities for announcements and updates. They should also be aware that in some areas transportation could be affected. We also ask tourists and visitors for their understanding and patience should they experience delays or some routes may be closed to traffic.

NB: The Thai Government has encouraged Thai people to wear mourning attire for a period of one year, and for government offices to lower the national flag at half-mast for 30 days. Festive events are to be refrained for 30 days.

Status of tourist attractions

The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha Closed 14-20 October 2016
Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha) Open as usual
Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) Open as usual
National Museum Bangkok

Queen’s Gallery

Open as usual (09.00-16.00 Hrs.)

Closed 14-16 October 2016

Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium Closed until further notice
Lumpini Boxing Stadium Ramindra

Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum

Closed for one month from October 2016

Closed 14-16 October 2016

The Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya Open as usual (daily show times at 17.00, 18.30, 20.00 and 21.30 Hrs., but the last show has been cancelled until end of  October 2016
Tiffany’s Show, Pattaya Open as usual (daily show times at 18.00, 19.30 and 21.00 Hrs.)
Muay Thai Live at Asiatique The Riverfront Closed, until 17 October 2016
Siam Niramit Open as usual (17.00-20.00 Hrs.)
Phuket Simon Cabaret Open as usual (18.00-22.30 Hrs.)
Calypso at Asiatique The Riverfront Open as usual (no alcohol)
The Square Buddha Amulet Market, Bangkok Closed until further notice
Chiang Mai Walking Street on Saturday and Sunday & Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Closed until further notice

 

Status of events and cultural festivals

Events cancelled

Buffalo Racing Festival 2016, Chon Buri 9-15 October 2016
Nakhon Phanom Illuminated Boat Procession 9-17 October 2016
Oasis: Supersonic – Thailand Premiere, Bangkok 17 October 2016
Morrissey Live in Bangkok 18 October 2016
Scorpions 50th Anniversary Tour 2016, BITEC, Bangkok 26 October 2016
2016 Lee Jongsuk Fan Meeting Variety in Bangkok, Thunder Dome, Bangkok 28 October 2016
BIGBANG Made [V.I.P] Tour in Bangkok, IMPACT Arena 29-30 October 2016
Ghost Fair at Mega Bangna, Bangkok, 20-31 October 2016
Bangkok Symphony Orchestra 2016 – The Sound of Thai Heritage 21 October 2016
Yi Peng Chiang Mai 12-15 November 2016
Pattaya Loi Krathong Festival 14 November 2016
Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 25-26 November 2016
New Year Celebrations, Pattaya 31 December 2016 – 1 January 2017

*Many local and international concerts and performances have also been cancelled.

Events postponed indefinitely or to new dates

The End of the Buddhist Lent at Indo-China Market, Mukdahan 14-16 October 2016
Concert Moderndog at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani 15 October 2016
Concert ECTat Bitec Bangna, Bangkok 15 October 2016
Group Riding Bangkok 16 October 2016
FB Battery River Kwai Half Marathon at Kanchanaburi 16 October 2016
Chanthaburi Scenic Marathon 29-30 October 2016
Harmony World Puppet in Kanchanaburi 2016 (1-7 November 2016 (new dates 20-26 February 2017)
Krabi Adventurous Trophy 2016 4-5 November 2016
Bangkok Street Show 2016 at Lumpini Park 10-12 December 2016

Events going ahead but scaled back

Rap Bua Festival at Bangphli, Samut Prakan  12-15 October 2016
Poi Lynn Sib Et Festival, Mae Hong Son 14-16 October 2016

For any enquiries, please contact our TAT Sydney Office on (02) 9247 7549 or email info@thailand.net.au

Tourism Authority of Thailand International Public Relations Division

  • Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
  • Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246
  • E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
  • Website: www.tatnews.org

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8 thoughts on “Royal Religious Rites: What’s Open and What’s Closed During the Mourning Period

  1. Hi its is indeed a sad moment and also grieved my heart that a great man like King Bhumibol Aduyadej has passed on.

    As my friend and me will be in Bangkok for usual visit to Bangkok in Dec 16. Would like to seek advise on whether during the ushering of 2017 would there be any firework along the Chao Praya during this period .

    Most of the traditional and cultural events will be taking place as usual, although the celebrations may be changed for appropriateness as a mark of respect, or the events may be dedicated to the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
    Thanks

  2. Hello,
    I am getting married in Phuket on 14 February 2017. I have booked fireworks and Khom Loy for my wedding. I have messaged the authority of tourism with this query yet have had no response.
    My wedding planner is being told many different things and I could really do with some help on whether they are allowed or not?

    Many Thanks

  3. What about new year 31st December night? can people visit and stay until the countdown in Asiatique at Bangkok? We would like to know the place where the new year countdown will make.

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