According to Office of Traditional Arts, Fine Arts Department, the painting process of the fire screens, or "Chak Bang Phloeng," for the Royal Crematorium of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is almost complete. The contemporary paintings will be assembled and placed on the fire screens once the artisans have finished putting on the final touches. The paintings depict Hindu deities, angels, flowers, and animals associated with Buddhism. The fire screens will be placed on the four sides of the Royal Crematorium.
The Office of Traditional Arts, Fine Arts Department, recently revealed the process of the paintings being done on the walls of the Royal Merit-Making Pavilion. A team of artisans from the Department of Traditional Arts, Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin (Poh Chang campus), and Buditpatanasilpa Institute have already removed the scaffolding from the second and third walls, which depict His late Majesty's royal projects. The painting on the first wall is now being assembled on the wall of the Royal Merit-Making Pavilion at Sanam Luang. Art on the royal crematorium is proceeding faster than expected, and is now at 95% completion.
The Treasury Department has announced more production of commemorative coins marking His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's cremation. The new batch will be available for reservation from 18 September onwards. After the gold, silver, and copper commemorative coins that were previously produced were fully reserved by the public within two days, the Department decided to produce one more lot of the coins in response to the high demand. This time, 50,000 gold coins, 400,000 silver coins, and 40,000 copper coins will be minted.
The Office of Traditional Arts announced that the compilation of artistic knowledge on the construction of the Royal Crematorium is now 65 percent completed. The complete body of artistic knowledge will also be available to the public in the form of books. The collection process is expected to be completed in December, while the entire artistic compilation will also be presented in an exhibition from 1 to 30 November 2017, which is after the cremation ceremony has concluded.
The Treasury Department will accept orders for special coins commemorating HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's cremation at the department's provincial branches, banks, and state financial institutions, from 22 August to 30 September 2017. There are four kinds of commemorative coins. Gold coins would be available at 50,000 baht each, silver at 2,000 baht, a smoked sandblast copper coin at 3,000 baht, and nickel at 100 baht. People who place orders will receive their coins at the place of their order from 29 January 2018.
The Ministry of Science and Technology has organized “The 12 Years of National Science and Technology Fair” under the theme of “Spark an Idea, Develop Life by Science, Strengthen the Nation with Technology towards Innovation.” This event aims to commemorate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Father of Thai Science, and King Rama IV, known as the Father of Thai Technology and Innovation. The objective of this year’s fair is also to communicate the significance of the Sufficiency Economy philosophy, which will push the country to Thailand 4.0 and the sustainable development target of United Nations. The fair is on from 17 to 27 August 2017, open 09.00 to 19.00 hr daily, at IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani.