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Thailand's long farewell to King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Bangkok comes to virtual standstill for cremation, most businesses closed in respect

Mourners react as the Royal Urn of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is carried on the Great Victory Chariot during a royal cremation procession in Bangkok on Oct. 26.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand moved into a crucial part of its protracted final farewell to the much-revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej when the actual cremation ceremony began at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday in a massive specially built crematorium in front of the Grand Palace. (Click here to visit Photo Galleries)

Following a huge funeral cortege in the morning witnessed by at least 350,000 people from around the country in the immediate vicinity, the evening cremation ceremony was presided over by King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, the late king's only son and successor.

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