Grand Palace Closed Dec. 1-2

Tourists at the Grand Palace on Nov. 1.

BANGKOK — The Grand Palace will be closed to tourists and mourners alike Dec. 1-2, the royal household bureau said Tuesday.

A religious ceremony will be held at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall on on those two days to mark the 50th day since the death of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol, the statement said.

The Grand Palace houses and the Emerald Buddha are the most sacred religious symbols for Thais and are a major tourist attraction.

The body of the late monarch is lying in state at the palace for funerary rites, which hundreds of thousands of mourners have visited to pay respect to the royal coffin.