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  Sanam Luang (Phra Meru field)

 

Thailand

The Phra Meru field in front of the Royal Palace in Bangkok, is traditionally the place where members of the royal family are cremated. This is the funeral pyre used for Princess Galyani Wat-thana (fig.), the sister of King Bhumipon.

 

In a special formal procedure, weeks before the actual cremation, a seven layered umbrella or chat was placed at the ceremonial grounds, by the King and Queen personally, as a symbol of her royal status.

 

  Sanam Luang (Phra Meru field)