The Royal Crematorium for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, called Phra Merumas (Golden Crematorium) in Thai, is where the Royal Urn was placed on the pyre (Phra Chittakathan) for the cremation. It was built as a temporary construction on Sanam Luang, in the middle of the historical centre of Bangkok, for cremating His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The Royal Crematorium is now open for visiting by the general public until 30th November 2017. The structure of the Royal Crematorium can be viewed from the ground level as climbing up the steps to the top of the crematorium is not permitted.
Surrounding buildings are dedicated to present arts and culture regarding this ancient ceremony. The construction of the Royal Crematorium is presented in details there.
There is also an exhibition about the life of His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Limited number of people can visit the Royal Crematorium at one time. Each visit lasts for one hour only.
After the end of the exhibition, whole complex of the Royal Crematorium will be completely dismantled.
There might be a queue at the entrance to Sanam Luang area but normally it doesn’t take long to get to the security check. At the security check you need to present your passport or photo ID by showing it to the camera mantled on the top of security gates.
After passing security check you get complimentary drinking water, leaflet and coloured visitor’s badge.
Each round of visitors gets badges of different colour and should make them visible for officials to see which round people are in.
There are tents provided for sitting and waiting for your turn. Each group of visitors waits in separate tents so you easily know when it’s your turn – just go with the entire group you were seated with.
We were visiting on Tuesday evening and it didn’t take too long for us to get inside, we had to wait only about 20 minutes. Prepare to wait longer if you will be visiting on weekend.
Each round lasts for exactly one hour and announcements are made few minutes before the end of each round. Time flies really fast here as the Royal Crematorium is a real masterpiece of Thai art.
Don’t worry if you are too slow, normally they are not too strict about it. Enjoying the views of the Royal Crematorium took us longer than one hour and we didn’t get into any trouble because of that.
At the exit you surrender the visitor’s badge and get a picture of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej for it.
Dress Code for visiting the Royal Crematorium is the same as for the Grand Palace.
- shirt with sleeves and not too tight,
- long pants and no faded, skinny or rip jeans,
- polite shoes and no slippers.
- dress with sleeves, not too body fit and transparent,
- skirt covering the knees or long pants which are not body fit,
- shoes and no slippers.
Wearing muted coloured clothes is recommended.
Passport or photo ID needs to be presented at the entrance.
Using selfie sticks or streaming Facebook Live isn’t allowed, as well as taking videos (as it was announced at our visit there).
The Royal Crematorium is open for the general public until 30th November 2017. It can be visited daily from 7.00am to 10.00pm.
Consider to avoid visiting the Royal Crematorium on weekends as it can get really busy.
Visiting the Royal Crematorium is free.
The Royal Crematorium is located on Sanam Luang in the historical centre of Bangkok, near the Grand Palace. The entrance to the Royal Crematorium is on the Northeast corner of Sanam Luang, near the Royal Hotel.
How to Get There
There are “shuttle buses” provided from 06.00am to 11.00pm. These buses are free of charge and can be found at Victory Monument, Hua Lamphong Railway Station, Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai), Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) and Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2).
If you are staying in Khao San Road area, the entrance to the Royal Crematorium is in a walkable distance as it’s only few hundred meters from Khao San Road.
The best way to reach the Royal Crematorium from other areas of Bangkok is taking BTS Skytrain to Victory Monument station or MRT Metro to Hua Lamphong station. There you can take free “shuttle bus”, taxi or tuk-tuk to the Royal Hotel.