Today (September 18), Phuket’s Governor, alongside the Phuket provincial Abbot monk, chaired a local Buddhism ceremony in order to respectfully receive the 450,000 funeral wood flowers that will be sent to Bangkok for the forthcoming cremation of the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

A number of flowers made by locals reached more than the expected 438,000 and people can still participate to make more of them until the cremation date on October 26 as there are two rounds of sending the flowers to Bangkok; one is today where flowers are sent to Ministry of Interior to transport to HM the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s crematory in Sanamluang. There will be another round on the cremation date.

The local ceremony took place at Satree Phuket School consisting of 10 monks who chanted the prayer followed by 89 seconds of quiet praying by the attendees, followed by some offerings to the monks.

- Nattha Thepbamrung and Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Nattha Thepbamrung and Kritsada Mueanhawong
Kritsada Mueanhawong lives the news. He chases it and delivers it, fresh everyday. Nathan Thepbamrung is a Phuket native that translates the Thai news feeds and prepares them for Phuket Gazette. Nattha is an experienced journalist who graduated from Journalism and Mass Communication at Thammasat University. She has acquired seven years experience as a Journalist and Content Writer for local and national newspapers and magazines, focusing on news, lifestyle and investigative articles.