From tomorrow to Dec 24, the “Yor Yos Ying Fah: Ayutthaya World Heritage 2017” fair will take place at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park to celebrate the 16th anniversary of Unesco’s declaration of the park as a World Heritage Site.
Ayutthaya Historical Park. Photo: Pichaya Svasti
A highlight is a nightly light and sound show at Wat Maha That in honour of five major kings of the Ayutthaya Kingdom.
Other activities include a retro market at Wat Langkha Khao and the Soom Kai Chon area, cultural performances, a farm produce fair, a fair selling One Tambon One Product (Otop) goods from 16 districts, a walking street and a food street. Also, there will be several talent contests such as The Best To Be Number, Talented Kids Contest and Ayutthaya Talent, as well as beauty pageants Krung Kao Kids and Miss Ayutthaya.
The area from Pridi-Thamrong Bridge to the old provincial hall, the city pillar shrine, Wihan Phra Mongkolbophit hall, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the statue of Ayutthaya’s first monarch King U Thong and Wat Phra Ram will be illuminated with decorative lights.
The provincial Red Cross fair with the sale of goods and lucky draws will take place at Wat Phra Ram from 4.30-10pm.
Call the provincial administrative office on 035-336-563 or the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Ayutthaya Office on 035-246-076/7.
Sunflowers in Suphan Buri
Throughout this month, the Agricultural Occupation Promotion and Development Centre in U Thong district, Suphan Buri, is full of sunflowers and Chrysanthemum blossoms covering over 200 rai. These two kinds of flowers are in full bloom at this time of the year.
Activities include gardening workshops, the sale of outstanding goods of U Thong and exhibitions on plant growing.
Visitors can also buy various kinds of flowers and plants. Admission is free.
Must-sees in U Thong include Phra Buddha Pussayakhirisirsuwannaphum, a huge Buddha statue carved on a mountain, U Thong National Museum, Wat Khao Dee Salak, a green market and Phu Hang Nak rock garden.
Call the centre on 035-437-704-5 or visit aopdt01.doae.go.th.
Flower fair in the North
From Dec 28 to Jan 31, the “Chiang Rai Flower Festival” will be held at Suan Tung and Khom Garden in Muang district, Chiang Rai. The name of the park literally means a garden of traditional flags and lanterns. The place used to be a prison and was later turned into a flower garden.
This annual fest is now in its 14th year. Visitors will be able to see tulips and lilies and other kinds of temperate flowers which are all in full bloom at this time of the year. The garden can be visited at night as well since it is decorated with many lanterns.
Other activities will be a flower painting contest, photo contest, food fair, local product fair, cultural performances and the music.
Every Saturday, from Dec 30 until Feb 17, the special performance “Music In The Park” will be staged.
Email [email protected] or call the TAT Chiang Rai Office on 053-717-433 and 053-744-674/5.
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