At each temple, the King paid respects to the principal Buddha statues and the cremated remains of previous kings and queens, while at the same time giving the public a chance to greet him.
Tens of thousands of well-wishers brandishing both Thai and royal flags and wearing yellow - a color associated with the monarch - lined the route for the rare spectacle.
Vajiralongkorn, who is the tenth monarch of the reigning Chakri dynasty, ascended the throne after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016 and has since been dispatching his duties as a king. Though the royal family is nominally above politics, the king issued an election-eve message calling on Thais to vote for "good people" against those who create "chaos".
The Chinese president said he is willing to make joint efforts with the Thai king to promote the traditional friendship between China and Thailand, deepen cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, and further develop the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.
Hundreds of other soldiers marched in front, behind and alongside the palanquin in scorching heat as the procession set off from Bangkok's Grand Palace just after 5 p.m. with a marching band setting the pace.
Thailand's monarchy is wrapped in ritual, protocol and hierarchy all orbiting around the king, who is viewed as a demigod.
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The father of seven has previously been married and divorced three times, most recently in 2014.
Saturday's sombre ceremony opened with the white-gowned king - the folds of his robe leaving one shoulder bared - receiving sacred water from across Thailand and dabbing it gently across his face at a shrine inside the Grand Palace complex.
But a comparison with his late father shows stark differences between the two rulers - with Maha Vajiralongkorn, as he was known before his official ascension, well known for his playboy lifestyle, string of ex-wives and penchant for bestowing military titles on his pets.
Then the King gave his first royal command in Thai language, "For the people and the kingdom, I shall inherit the tradition, reign in righteousness". The king also promises to work with them for the nation's benefit.
The 200-year-old, 7.3-kilogram (16-pound) heavy crown was handed to the king, known as Rama X, as part of the third and final rite of the coronation ceremony, the presentation of royal regalia.
The 66-year-old king wore heavy, gold-embroidered vestments and a soft, wide-brimmed hat with a feather on top. 'Focus on politics' Criticism or in-depth discussion of the royal family in Thailand is guarded by harsh lese-majeste rules that carry up to 15 years in prison. The 109-member marching band played tunes composed by the king's father, who was an enthusiastic musician, and a single musician played haunting sounds on a conch shell. Here, the officials and dignitaries pledge their allegiance to king and country.
The junta that seized power in 2014 and has vowed to defend the monarchy is aiming to return to power through the ballot box.