Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony

The annual World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony is set to return in its 12th year, giving the opportunity for hundreds of Muay Thai practitioners from around the world to express their heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to their masters in the time-honoured tradition known as the Wai Kru ceremony, as well as to celebrate the aged-old martial art of Muay Thai.

Date: 17 March, 2019
Venue: Wat Maha That, Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya


The Wai Kru Muay Thai ceremony consists of the ‘wai’, a friendly greeting and traditional display of respect in Thai culture to people of seniority and higher status. The ‘wai’ is expressed by placing one’s hands in a prayer-like position between the chest and head, and gently bowing. Recipient of this ceremony is the ‘kru’, meaning teacher, a figure of high respect and status in Thai society.

During the event, Thai and foreign Muay Thai practitioners will also have the chance to pay homage to the statue of Nai Kanom Tom, a Thai hero who fought his way out of Burmese imprisonment in 1774, by defeating his adversaries in gladiator combat using the Muay Thai fighting-style.


The 12th World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony will take place on 17 March, 2016, from 13.00 – 19.30 Hrs.

The event will begin with the Miracle Muay Thai Festival at Wat Langkha Khao (opposite Wat Maha That), jointly organised by the Professional Boxing Association of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), from 13.00 – 17.00 Hrs.

Held concurrently during 15.00-17.30 Hrs. are unique Thai traditions including Thai craftsmanship, ancient sword-making, Thai tattooing and calligraphy, live music, Muay Thai shows and exhibitions from various training camps and gyms, and ancient Thai martial art shows, such as sword fighting.

The highlight will take place from 17.30 Hrs. with the procession of the chairperson of the ceremony, boxing masters, and boxers to the ceremonial pavilion, followed by the respect-paying ceremony to ancient Thai kings and warriors who protected the sovereignty of the land; namely, King Naresuan the Great, Phrachao Suea, and Phraya Phichai Dap Hak, with a Wai Kru dance performed by all participating Muay thai boxers.

For more information, contact
TAT Ayutthaya Office
Tel. +66 (0) 3524 6076-7
E-mail: tatyutya@tat.or.th

Map showing location of  Muay Thai Festival near Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya:

GPS Coordinates: 14.357306, 100.565653

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