Grand Palace Roads Closed Today and Next Week for Army Parade

Royal Guards parade on Dec. 2, 2014, in honor of His Majesty the King's 87th birthday in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

BANGKOK — While visitors to the Grand Palace should ignore the touts claiming it’s closed today, they would do well to heed an army announcement that roads around the historic site will be shut down for several hours today and next week.

A number of roads around the Grand Palace will be closed this afternoon and Monday afternoon to rehearse a military parade to honor His Majesty the King, for which the roads will be closed again Thursday, the army announced.

Maharat and Chan roads will be closed noon to 6pm, while other roads such as Sanamchai, Charoen Krung, Thaiwang, Na Pralan, Phra Pipit, and a southern portion of Ratchadamnoen Avenue will close from around 3:30pm until the parade is over. 

The same closures will be repeated Monday and the actual day of the parade, Thursday.

King Bhumibol is due to turn 88 on Dec. 5, the date that is recognized as National Day of Thailand. 

The Royal Thai Army said it would like to apologize to the public for inconvenience caused by the closures and advised motorists to plan accordingly.


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