New royal museum to rise in Thailand

The Thai government will build a museum dedicated to the royal cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand’s longest-serving monarch, in Pathum Thani’s Klong 5, according to a Bangkok Post report.

The museum, which will be run by the Fine Arts Department, is estimated to cost 864 million baht (US$27 million) to build, said the report.

To be located on a 32ha plot of land, it will also house the Supreme Artist Hall, the King Rama IX Archive, and the national museum warehouse of the department, it added.

Spanning 7,200m², the two-storey structure will resemble the Songtham Pavilion, the royal crematorium, and will consist of five major zones to exhibit every angle of the royal cremation.

The museum will display art pieces and materials used to construct and decorate the Royal Crematorium, including the royal urn, royal coffin, and 132 sculptures used to decorate the royal crematorium.

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