Thai architects are eager to see the most important design of their lives go up in flames

Starting Wednesday, the world will witness one of the most elaborate funeral ceremonies in history. After 12 months of mourning, Thailand will send off King King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s soul to the afterlife via a grand five-day farewell. Venerated by the masses as a god, Bhumibol is credited for bringing peace and relative prosperity to the Southeast Asian nation during his 70-year reign.

Bhumibol, the beloved.

At the center of the royal funeral is a $30 million, nine-spire structure where...

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