An urn symbolizing the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s remains is carried in an ornate golden chariot. The beloved king reigned over Thailand for 70 years, making him the world’s longest-reigning monarch upon his death.
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Ornate Funeral Honors Thailand's Longest-Reigning King
The five-day ceremony caps a year of mourning for the monarch, who reigned for 70 years.
In an elaborate end to a year of country-wide mourning, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand is being laid to rest in a five-day cremation ceremony in Bangkok.
King Bhumibol, the ninth head of Thailand’s Chakri dynasty, died on October 13, 2016, at the age of 88. He had ruled Thailand for 70 years, taking over the throne in 1946 after his brother was shot in the head. At the time of his death, he was the world’s longest-reigning monarch.
He was also revered as a philanthropist who brought many Thai out of poverty. The Thai monarchy is considered the world’s wealthiest: In 2015, Forbes estimated that Bhumibol was worth $30 billion, much of that a result of investments in