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Women enjoy a little chat before a performance. They wear elaborate dresses and headgears similar to those worn by people in the court of King Narai the Great in Lop Buri.

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The traditional dancer.

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Students from a local technology school in assortments of coloured gowns perform a traditional dance.

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Men equipped with ancient weapons walk in rows past the Phra Prang Sam Yod, the ancient landmark in downtown Lop Buri.

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Soldiers pull a chariot with a pavilion built on it to enshrine sacred items. People line the streets and pay respects as the pavilion makes its way through town.

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Women posing as courtiers sit on a float that takes them around town

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Children also enjoy activities out on the streets.

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Policemen in the uniform of the bygone era patrol the roads. Similar uniforms were worn more than half a century ago when the country was under the rule of Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsongkram .

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Ancient coins in various denominations are displayed with a sign explaining how much they are worth today.

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Tourists put on traditional clothes and pose for a snapshot.

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Soldiers file past the entrance of the ancient palace carrying a torch holder made of bamboo.

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An on-stage drama is put together with theme related to King Narai the Great as a ruler and the establishment of Lop Buri.

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Lop Buri is currently celebrating the annual festival titled ‘Ngarn Pandin Somdech Phra Narai’ (Festival of King Narai the Great’s Kingdom). The event, which runs until Feb 22, is highlighted by the shows of cultural preservation where local residents parade through the streets wearing traditional Thai dresses and outfits as a tribute to King Narai the Great who modernized and brought prosperity to Lop Buri. Photos by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

  • Published: 17 Feb 2011
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