This nine day event is about paying respect to King Narai the Great (1633 – 11 July 1688) or Ramathibodi III or Ramathibodi Si Sanphet who was the king of Ayutthaya from 1656 to 1688 and arguably the most famous Ayutthaya Monarch. His reign saw the kingdoms greatest commercial and diplomatic success, all around the then known world.
The event includes a beautiful re-enactment of a regal ceremony that would have graced the Kings palace during his reign, along with a spectacular procession of colourful floats, horses and majestic elephants. That’s far from the finish of this mass of noise and colour, there is also the specially arranged ‘changing of the guards’ ceremony, a light-and-sound presentation as well as a host of cultural displays and dancers.
For the shopaholics amongst you can shop till you drop at the “retro” market, featuring shops and stalls offering a vast choice of traditional, handcrafts, succulent food and beverages some of the vendors in the spirit of the festival will take payment in the form of the ancient Thai ‘bullet’ money.
Where: King Narai Palace, Lopburi Central Thailand
When: 13-21 February 2016
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