The Culture Ministry launched the book “The Royal Coronation Ceremony” at Government House on Monday.
“As The Royal Coronation Ceremony of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be held from May 4-6 in Bangkok, the government is publishing this book to promote this historic ceremony, which has been passed down from the early Rattanakosin era to the present King Rama X,” said Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam, who has overseen the project.
The book chronicles past coronation ceremonies, speeches of monarchs from King Rama I to Rama IX on the occasion of their coronations, the special equipment to be used in the ceremony, plus an insight into Buddhist and Hindu beliefs behind the auspicious event.
The book also features rare photographs of coronations from King Rama IV to King Rama IX.
The Culture Ministry will distribute 2,000 copies of hard-cover coffee-table books (1,000 copies in Thai and another 1,000 English-language versions) to schools and libraries through the Kingdom.
The government, meanwhile, will also distribute another 3,000 brief-version books to schools across the country.
An e-book can also be downloaded at www.m-culture.go.th.