Thai­land in mourn­ing: A primer

The Myanmar Times - - World -

WITH Thai­land griev­ing the death of beloved King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej, the fa­mous wel­come ex­tended to vis­i­tors in the “Land of Smiles” will be a bit less warm dur­ing mourn­ing.

While most pub­lic ser­vices are un­af­fected, a range of en­ter­tain­ment, sport and cul­tural events have been can­celled or post­poned, and guide­lines have been is­sued on ac­cept­able be­hav­iour.

Not ev­ery­one is re­quired to fol­low mil­lions of mourn­ing Thais in wear­ing black, but vis­i­tors are nonethe­less ex­pected to avoid overly re­veal­ing or colour­ful at­tire.

On the coun­try’s pop­u­lar south­ern beaches, how­ever, nor­mal swimwear is ex­pected to re­main quite ac­cept­able.

Most pub­lic ser­vices and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties are un­af­fected, with hos­pi­tals, banks, em­bassies, gov­ern­ment of­fices and shop­ping malls largely op­er­at­ing as nor­mal, though there may be ad hoc clo­sures or re­stric­tions.

A num­ber of en­ter­tain­ment events have been can­celled, in­clud­ing con­certs by Mor­ris­sey and the Scorpions, and Korean K-pop bands Big Bang, JYP and FT Is­land.

Most tourist sites in Thai­land in­clud­ing its ex­quis­ite Bud­dhist tem­ples re­main open.

How­ever, Bangkok’s night­clubs and lurid go-go bars have ei­ther tem­po­rar­ily closed or are op­er­at­ing in markedly sub­dued fash­ion after the na­tion’s mil­i­tary strong­man or­dered them to “tone it down”.

Some bars have re­port­edly been told they can con­tinue to serve

Photo: AFP

A Thai cy­clist prays in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok yes­ter­day.

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