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Bangkok Songkran Festival

Schedule : 12-15 April 2002

Venue : Khao San Road, Bang Lamphu, Sanam Luang, Wat Maha That, and Wat Pho

Origin :
The Songkran Festival is an important festival of Thailand and is an event that promotes the fine art and culture of Thailand for foreigners and the public to appreciate. Everyone can participate in the festival. It is a fun-filled affair that is hugely popular. This is a festival that attracts foreign tourists to Thailand who make plans to visit Thailand to coincide with the festival.

Activities :
- Merit making, bathing Buddha images, releasing birds and fish, and paying respect to elders.
- Floral floats procession and a procession bearing the Phra Phutthasihing Buddha image.
- Cultural performances.
- Miss Songkran pageant and Little Songkran Kids pageant.
- Traditional Thai sports like short and long sticks and hoop Takro.
- Songkran water throwing.

Nearby Tourist Spots :
- Maha Kan and Phra Sumen forts (Phra Nakhon)
  were built in the time of King Rama I, stretching along canals encircling Bangkok to the Chao Phraya River. The two forts are the only ones left from a total of 14.
- The Grand Palace (Phra Nakhon)
  consists of the throne halls of Chakri Maha Prasat, Chakkaphat Phiman, Dusit Maha Prasat, etc.
- Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram or Wat Phra Kaeo (Phra Nakhon)
  is a temple without monks. King Rama I ordered the construction of a palace temple in the same style as Wat Phra Si Sanphet in Ayutthaya.
- National Museum (Phra Nakhon)
  was originally the private museum of King Rama IV.
- Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Ratchaworamaha Wihan or Wat Pho (Phra Nakhon)
  is called "the first university in Thailand" because King Rama III ordered the compilation of texts and inscribed them on stone plates around the temple so the public can learn from them.
- Wat Ratchanaddaram Worawihan or Loha Prasat (Phra Nakhon)
  is Thailand's first and only castle.

For more information, contact :
- Bangkok Tourism Promotion Center.
  Tel. (02) 2257612-5
- TAT.
  Tel. (02) 6941222 ext. 1962, fax (02) 6941384

Source : The Tourism Authority of Thailand
Wed, 6 March, 2002

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