Robe presentation in Ayutthaya

On May 20 for Visakha Bucha Day, Wat Yai Chaimongkol in Ayutthaya will host the annual religious ceremony for Buddhists to make merit, present and wrap huge saffron robes around Phra Chedi Chaimongkol, the temple's principal pagoda. The ceremony will begin with almsgiving at 8am. The procession of the robes to the pagoda will start at 8.19am.

According to history, the pagoda was commissioned by King Naresuan the Great in memory of his victory over the Burmese viceroy in an elephant-back battle. The king had intended to punish all Ayutthaya soldiers who had been slow to follow him to the battlefield by execution. However, revered monk Somdet Phra Wannarat had asked him to forgive them. Therefore, the king ordered those soldiers to build the pagoda instead.

Call Wat Yai Chaimongkol on 035-242-640 or the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Ayutthaya Office on 035-246-076/7.

Arts festival in Bangkok

Wat Yai Chaimongkol.

Every Saturday and Sunday until May 15, 4-8pm, the "1st Bangkok Arts Festival" will take place at Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Arts Centre (RCAC) and along a stretch of Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue to Democracy Monument with a variety of music, art displays, street shows and handicrafts.

The event is to promote awareness of Asian contemporary art, improve the arts scene in Thailand, give local artists a space to show off their works and skills, and boost cultural economy. Street shows featuring performers and musicians from Thailand and other Asean nations, as well as juggling and other circus performances will be performed in front of the centre.

Along the street, there will be a demonstration of handicraft-making, as well as workshops on batik work, bag-making and glass-painting. Visitors can also enjoy Thai and international delicacies from several food trucks and stalls.

Visit Art Festival.

Photo fest in Hua Hin

Until May 29, TAT Prachuap Khiri Khan Office, Hua Hin Municipality and Hua Hin Hub Company are organising the "1st Hua Hin Photo Festival 2016" along Naeb Khehat Road in downtown Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The month-long event will feature an exhibition of photos of stylish hotels, resorts, restaurants, coffee outlets situated on the road, Hua Hin beach and surrounding areas. The pictures were captured by 30 leading Thai photographers.

In addition, there will also a special market focusing on art and photos every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can join in the charity photo auction, photo contest and photo-taking workshops and training.

Email or call the TAT local office on 032-513-885.

Fruit fair in Chanthaburi

From May 21-29, the "Chanthaburi: Fruit Capital Fair" will be held at the Provincial Administration Organisation's office in Muang district, Chanthaburi.

The fair, now in its fourth year, will gather all kinds of fruits from all over the Eastern Region of Thailand under one roof and feature various interesting activities. Visitors will be able to buy fresh and preserved fruits directly from farmers, see farming innovations and technologies, observe the demonstration of fruit preserving methods, taste fresh fruits and enjoy the display of art pieces created from tropical fruits.

The objectives are to make this province's fruits and prized products better known among Thai and foreign consumers, promote agricultural occupations, create more incomes for farmers and agro industry entrepreneurs and boost local tourism.

Call TAT Contact Centre on 1672.

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