One of the most popular ways to welcome the New Year was Wai Phra Kao Wat, Wai Kasat Kao Phra Ong (the making merit at nine temples, paying respect to nine kings campaign).
The campaign is the brainchild of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
The TAT launched the Wai Phra Kao Wat campaign in 2010, as a way to boost visits to nine particular temples in Bangkok. Visitors are encouraged to seek particular blessings at each temple, each with its own unique sanctity, according to the TAT.
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