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BANGKOK: Thailand's coronation ceremonies for King Maha Vajiralongkorn from May 4-6 will be the first the South-east Asian nation has seen in 69 years.

The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned in 1950.

A monarch's coronation is given the highest priority in Thailand, where kings have traditionally long held a divine status, and that is reflected in some interesting numbers.


Total cost in Thai baht of the coronation ceremonies, equal to about S$43 million.


Years since Thailand’s last coronation, in 1950.


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.


Security personnel to be deployed during the ceremonies.


Temples nationwide where monks will pray simultaneously and bless the king as he receives a golden plaque with his official name and title.


Number of royal volunteers in Bangkok across the three days of the coronation.


Number of "salute" gunpowder pellets fired by the armed forces - including army, navy, and air force - separately over three days of the ceremonies.


Value in baht of one limited-edition platinum coin to mark the coronation. More than 200 orders have been made.


The time in the morning when coronation ceremonies officially begin on Saturday with purification rites. Nine is an especially auspicious number in Thai culture.


Sources of water from around the country that have been brought to Bangkok to be blessed by Buddhist monks before being combined for the royal purification rituals on May 4. The sources include five major rivers and four sacred pools, across 77 provinces.


Personnel physically carrying the king on a royal palanquin from the Grand Palace to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, where he will be proclaimed the Royal Patron of Buddhism, ending the first day of the ceremony. More than


Number of personnel and officials in the Royal Procession on Sunday, including the prime minister, members of the cabinet, a cavalry, and a marching band. - REUTERS