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All of Thailand readies for late king's funeral in October

Crematorium for Bhumibol Adulyadej nears completion, nearly a year after death

A grand crematorium rises in Bangkok ahead of the funeral of the late king. (Photo by Yukako Ono)

BANGKOK -- From the country's largest-ever cremation platform to refurbished golden chariots and fully booked hotels, Thailand is preparing its final farewell to its beloved late king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Although nearly a year has passed since the revered monarch's death, his presence is still strongly felt, and the grand cremation ceremony on Oct. 25-29 will draw thousands of Thais to Bangkok from around the country.

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