A total of 1,461 sandal planks to be used for the construction of the Royal coffin for the Royal funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej were on Tuesday afternoon handed over to Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Surasak Kanjanarat at the Chang Sib Moo office in Nakhon Pathom.

Earlier in the morning, a religious ceremony was held at the office of Kui Buri national park in Kui Buri district of Phrchuab Khiri Khan for the delivery of the sandalwood planks to the office of artisans of the Fine Arts Department in Nakhon Pathom province. The ceremony was presided over by Phrchuab Khiri Khan governor Thawee Narissirikul and attended by several provincial, local administration and park officials.

The planks were then loaded on three beautifully decorated trucks which eventually left the Kui Buri national park office in a motorcade of 21 vehicles.

Another religious ceremony was held at the office of Chang Sib Moo to receive the planks. The planks were then formally handed over to.

Mr Srisawat Boonma, kamnan of Tambon Haad Kham, told reporters that he and several villagers joined the motorcade. He said he was very pleased to be part of the delivery of the sandalwood planks.

Of the 12 sandalwood trees which were cut down, only nine of them were used and processed into wooden planks to be used in the making of the Royal coffin with the rest being kept at the park office.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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