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TAT advices on the Royal Religious Rites and status of attractions & events during the Mourning Period

October 17, 2016 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

During Thailand’s Mourning Period, many events have been cancelled or postponed and some tourist attractions will be closed. The following guide explains what’s open, what’s closed, what has been cancelled or postponed during Thailand’s period of national mourning.

As Thailand is currently in a period of national mourning after the passing of the beloved monarch His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, many thousands of mourners have gathered around the Grand Palace in Bangkok to be present for the royal religious rites and ceremonies taking place and to pay their respects to the father of the nation. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to ask that members of the public stay updated via media announcements and notices from the Bureau of the Royal Household as well as the Royal Thai Government to ensure accurate information. We also request that the solemnity of these rites are observed and the visitors – local and international – wear respectful attire.

In the period of national mourning, some festivals and activities in the kingdom have been cancelled or postponed. Other events will go ahead as planned but may be toned down as a mark of respect. Please see the list of events that are postponed or cancelled in the following page.

The TAT would like to recommend that any visitors with travel or tourism plans reconfirm with agents and check local media regularly as well as follow the advice of the local authorities for announcements and updates. They should also be aware that in some areas transportation could be affected. We also ask tourists and visitors for their understanding and patience should they experience delays or some routes may be closed to traffic.

NB: The Thai Government has encouraged Thai people to wear mourning attire for a period of one year, and for government offices to lower the national flag at half-mast for 30 days. Festive events are to be refrained for 30 days.

Status of tourist attractions

The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha    

Closed 14-20 October 2016

Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Open as usual

Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)

Open as usual

National Museum Bangkok

Queen’s Gallery

Open as usual (09.00-16.00 Hrs.)

Closed 14-16 October 2016

Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium

Closed until further notice

Lumpini Boxing Stadium Ramindra

Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum

Closed for one month from October 2016

Closed 14-16 October 2016

The Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya

Open as usual (daily show times at 17.00, 18.30, 20.00 and 21.30 Hrs., but the last show has been cancelled until end of  October 2016

Tiffany’s Show, Pattaya

Open as usual (daily show times at 18.00, 19.30 and 21.00 Hrs.)

Muay Thai Live at Asiatique The Riverfront

Closed, until 17 October 2016

Siam Niramit    

Open as usual (17.00-20.00 Hrs.)

Phuket Simon Cabaret

Open as usual (18.00-22.30 Hrs.)

Calypso at Asiatique The Riverfront

Open as usual (no alcohol)

The Square Buddha Amulet Market, Bangkok

Closed until further notice

Chiang Mai Walking Street on Saturday and Sunday & Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

Closed until further notice


Status of events and cultural festivals

Events cancelled

Buffalo Racing Festival 2016, Chon Buri

9-15 October 2016

Nakhon Phanom Illuminated Boat Procession

9-17 October 2016

Oasis: Supersonic – Thailand Premiere, Bangkok

17 October 2016

Morrissey Live in Bangkok

18 October 2016

Scorpions 50th Anniversary Tour 2016, BITEC, Bangkok

26 October 2016

2016 Lee Jongsuk Fan Meeting Variety in Bangkok, Thunder Dome, Bangkok

28 October 2016

BIGBANG Made [V.I.P] Tour in Bangkok, IMPACT Arena

29-30 October 2016

Ghost Fair at Mega Bangna, Bangkok,

20-31 October 2016

Bangkok Symphony Orchestra 2016 – The Sound of Thai Heritage

21 October 2016

Yi Peng Chiang Mai

12-15 November 2016

Pattaya Loi Krathong Festival

14 November 2016

Pattaya International Fireworks Festival

25-26 November 2016

New Year Celebrations, Pattaya

31 December 2016 – 1 January 2017

*Many local and international concerts and performances have also been cancelled.

Events postponed indefinitely or to new dates

The End of the Buddhist Lent at Indo-China Market, Mukdahan

14-16 October 2016

Concert Moderndog at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani

15 October 2016

Concert ECTat Bitec Bangna, Bangkok

15 October 2016

Group Riding Bangkok

16 October 2016

FB Battery River Kwai Half Marathon at Kanchanaburi

16 October 2016

Chanthaburi Scenic Marathon

29-30 October 2016

Harmony World Puppet in Kanchanaburi 2016

(1-7 November 2016 (new dates 20-26 February 2017)

Krabi Adventurous Trophy 2016

4-5 November 2016

Bangkok Street Show 2016 at Lumpini Park

10-12 December 2016

 Events going ahead but scaled back

Rap Bua Festival at Bangphli, Samut Prakan

 12-15 October 2016

Poi Lynn Sib Et Festival, Mae Hong Son

14-16 October 2016

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