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A final farewell to Thailand's much revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Mourners from all over Thailand have gathered in Bangkok to pay their final respects to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last October after a 70-year reign. Hundreds of thousands of Thais looked on in silence as the late king's funeral cortege made its way from the Grand Palace to a specially built crematorium at Sanam Luang, a large open area in front of the palace, early on Oct. 26. Five days of funeral rites relating to the cremation conclude on Oct. 29, bringing to an end more than a year of national mourning.
All shops are closed at the Khaosan tourist street in Bangkok. (Photo by Anchalee Romruen)
Mourners leaving the ceremony clog a small side street. (Photo by Yukako Ono)
A couple of vendors are hoping to sell some memorabilia. (Photo by Yukako Ono)
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha marches in the royal cremation procession. (Reuters)
Thailand's Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn marches in the royal cremation procession. (Reuters)
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn marches with the royal cremation procession. (Reuters)
The crowd that gathered to see off the beloved king was so large some people gathered in small groups to watch the ceremony on TV. (Photo by Yukako Ono)
A woman is gathered along the route of the funeral procession. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)
Some more mourners lining the procession route keep their hands together as they take in the ceremony. (Photo by Yukako Ono)
The Great Victory Chariot carrying the Royal Urn of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is pulled during a royal cremation procession. (Reuters)
The funeral procession of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej begins. (AP)
A woman leads a line of mourners through a security point while flashing her ID card. (Photo by Yukako Ono)
Some of those who braved the heat to attend the king's funeral cortege shade themselves with black umbrellas. (Photo by Niyakarn Atiyudhakul)
Flowers are displayed around a tree. (Photo by Marimi Kishimoto)
Some of the people who camped out in front of the Royal Crematorium begin to stir as morning breaks. (Photo by Yukako Ono)
A girl takes in the scene around her. (Photo by Ken Koyanagi)
A few reporters ready to chronicle the day's events wait inside a press center in Bangkok. (Photo by Hiroshi Kotani)
Royal guardsmen march in front of the Royal Crematorium at dawn. (Photo by Hiroshi Kotani)
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