His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, beloved King of Thailand, passed away last year after seventy years on the throne. Thai society experiences a period of mourning between the death and the funeral. The King’s funeral also serves as a coronation of the new monarch.
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn would like to finish his education before assuming the throne, so the funeral has been delayed for a few years.
I’m told that Thai people are normally smiling and happy, but there are a lot of black armbands around. Central Palace and Park have been turned into a giant memorial, so normal tourist routes are congested or closed.
Oh well, I’ll have to find some obscure places to photograph instead.