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Thai festive and entertainment activities set to resume

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Bangkok’s Grand Palace has reopened to tourists, and throughout Thailand, restrictions on festive celebrations and entertainment venues will be lifted on 14 November 2016, when the first 30 days of the mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej will have passed.

Thailand’s Government has moved to reassure visitors with plans to visit Thailand that all events and festivals will go ahead as planned. The government announcement also lets locals know that, while the mourning period is being respected, other areas of life will be returning to normal to avoid disruption and to enable people to make a living.

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All entertainment venues, parties, festivals and radio and television broadcasts will resume on 14 November 2016, the Tourism Authority of Thailand confirmed yesterday.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Ministry of Culture is inviting the local people and visitors to share photos and video clips to mark the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The result will be included in a memorial book titled “The People’s Archives” and a documentary “Forever in Thai Hearts”.

Photos can be uploaded to Facebook at pic.culture2559 or via the Line application (click here). Anyone submitting images needs to include the date, time and location where the picture was taken, as well as the owner’s name and contact details.

In addition, as a way of celebrating Thailand’s past and culture during this historical transition period, Thailand’s Department of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture, is offering free admission to national museums and historical parks throughout Thailand until 31 January 2017.

Edited by Peter Needham