BANGKOK - Thailand's coronation ceremonies for King Maha Vajiralongkorn on May 4-6 will be the first the Southeast Asian nation has seen in 69 years, when the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned in 1950.
A monarch's coronation is given the utmost priority in Thailand, where kings have traditionally long held a divine status, and that is reflected in some astounding numbers.
- 1,000,000,000 - Total cost in Thai baht of the coronation ceremonies, equal to about $31.2 million (S$42.4 million).
- 69 - Years since Thailand's last coronation, in 1950.
- 12 - The 12th coronation for kings of the reigning Chakri dynasty.
- Up to 200,000 - The number of citizens expected to line streets in Bangkok to view the ceremony. Millions will watch on television.
- 40,000 - Security personnel deployed during the ceremonies.