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Flower Show at Suan Luang Rama IX Park in Bangkok

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/28 16:00:00 (527 reads)

The 24th Flower Festival is taking place this month at Suan Luang Rama IX Park. This is one of my favourite parks on the outskirts of Bangkok. It can be found just behind Paradise Park and Seacon Square which are on Srinakarin Road. The park is popular during early morning and late afternoon for fitness fanatics who jog around the park in the coolness of the day. It is also a great place for people who are interested in flowers. The best time to go is in December during the annual flower festival. This year it will take place from 29th November to 10 December 2014.

There are many kinds of flower gardens around Suan Luang Rama IX Park including a historical exhibition about Suan Luang Rama 9 and an art exhibition. Enjoy the local cultural performances, dog performances, fireworks display and a mini amusement park. Visitors can walk around to take pictures at each of the flower gardens in the park and also go shopping for beautiful flowers and garden equipment. In addition, there will be local food and products from the private sectors.

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"Mahajanaka the Phenomenon Live Show" at Benjakiti Park

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/27 16:40:00 (1294 reads)

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will organize the "Mahajanaka the Phenomenon Live Show" from 1st to 9th December 2014, between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., at Benjakiti Park on Sukhumvit Road. The Story of Mahajanaka extols the virtues of perseverance, moderation, and individual sacrifice for the sake of the common good. The event, complete with world-class multimedia technology and state-of-the-art light and sound system, aim to educate and inspire the audience, Thai and foreigners alike, on the merits of Mahajanaka's patience and perseverance that lead to his Dhamma enlightenment. Admission to the show is free. You can pick up tickets at the venue from 5 p.m. First come first served. Gates open at 6 p.m.

This theatrical performance aims to present The Story of Mahajanaka (1996), the literary work of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as a musical in which the story line is developed through the use of song. To achieve a level of artistic perfection that is profoundly perceivable through diverse aesthetics, we proudly present this original story, featuring new and beautifully composed songs in an enchanting show fully equipped with magnificent sets, lighting, and special effects that embrace the audience in a perfect experience.

The narrative begins with a bloodline war breaking out due to an unfortunate misunderstanding between the King of Mithila and his Prince Brother who wants to claim the throne. As a consequence, the King faces his demise in the battlefield and his Royal Consort has to flee to another city with a baby, Mahajanaka, growing in her royal womb.

As time passes, Mahajanaka grows into a young man and finally comes to know the truth about his fateful father. He hence wishes to earn back the throne that rightfully belonged to his father King, by going aboard a trade ship with other merchants to the land of Suvarnabhumi.

Act 1 The Ship Foundering Amidst the Ocean

After boarding a trade ship, on which Mahajanaka goes to the land of Suvarnabhumi, he sails across the borderless ocean of seven hundred leagues for seven days and seven nights; during which time there is a terrible tempest and violent waves, whence the ship is foundering amidst the disturbed ocean. All of the passengers and sailors fear death, as they wail and exhort the gods for help without considering about the possibility of self-reliance. However, the wise Mahajanaka, instead of exhorting for the help of others, prepares himself to swim through the midst of the ocean waves that are full of fierce and hostile marine creatures.

Act 2 Seven Days and Seven Nights

Mahajanaka swam for seven days and seven nights without discouragement. At a time of exhaustion, he felt something treading on the sea floor, which turned out to be, in fact, a Giant Sea Crab. When on board, Mahajanaka is told by the Suvarnabhumic traders that it shall not be all, but only one of the Seven Meritorious Individuals in the Fifth Udakupamasutta that shall be entitled to touch the Giant Sea Crab.

Act 3 The viriya-parami (Perfection of Perseverance)

Mani Mekhala, the Goddess of the seas, notices Mahajanaka swimming alone in the vast and void ocean. She wonders why and wherefore he continues striving to swim, although the shore is nowhere to be beheld. In response to her question, Mahajanaka responds by saying that if he persists with perseverance, the destination shall be one day achieved. Nonetheless, if otherwise, then he shall fall victim to fierce sea animals like the others.

Having been insightful of Mahajanaka's great perseverance, Mani Mekhala delivers him from the wild waves and gently cradles him in her embrace to Mithila. Prior to falling asleep from exhaustion, he hears that Mani Mekhala requests for him to share his wisdom by educating people through the establishment of the 'Bodhiyalaya Great Wisdom Centre', meaning the abode of enlightenment, which he mistakenly recognizes as 'Pudalay Mahavijjalaya' while he is half-asleep.

Act 4 How Shall a Kingless Kingdom Be?

At the same time, King Polajanaka of Mithila, an uncle of Mahajanaka, died, leaving his daughter, Princess Sivali Devi uncrowned because, according to local traditions of monarchy succession, female descendants fail to succeed the throne.
As a consequence, Mithila is in a state of chaos - How shall a kingless Kingdom be?

Act 5 Oracle Grand Chariot

Before his demise, King Polajanaka issued his command that anyone who is entrusted to the Mithila throne must be able to solve the riddles and acquire the Sixteen Great Treasures, to string the Bow that requires the strength of a thousand men, to tell which side is the head of the Square Throne, and to please the Princess. Nonetheless, when no one demonstrates themselves to have such complete attributes, the courtiers decide to release an oracle Grand Chariot in pursuit of that able person. The Grand Chariot rides throughout the kingdom and eventually stops before Mahajanaka who is asleep under a tree. After his accomplishment of all four requirements, the courtiers and people in the state of Videha are elated and unanimously crown Mahajanaka as a King of Mithila.

Act 6 Coronation Celebration

Consequently, Mahajanaka is enthroned, observing the Ten Rules of the Kingship and reigning over the entire kingdom with righteousness, serving his people with peace and well-being and maintaining the religions. For his people, he is thus the King who is admirably extolled in highest praise.

Act 7 The Tree and Throne Allegory

One day when King Mahajanaka goes to a mango grove in the Royal Court, he beholds the two mango trees at the entrance. One is fruitful; the other, fruitless. After seeing the King pick and eat a mango fruit, the people become greedy, climbing up the tree and fighting one another for the tasty fruits. As a result, the tree is uprooted - finally falling down. Aroused to his compassion, the King allegorizes the throne as the fruitful tree, menaced by greedy people, and wishes to live a non-striving, peaceful life like the leafless and fruitless tree, that is, of ordination.

Act 8 The Tree of Wisdom

All courtiers ask the King about his decision regarding the uprooted mango tree. With his transcendental wisdom, the King has the tree restored to regain its health and propagated for the further benefit of his people.
Afterwards, the King recalls what he was told by Mani Mekhala about sharing his wisdom with others. Therefore, he establishes the Pudalay Mahavijjalaya for the greater education of the people.

Act 9 Mahajanaka Maha Raja

With Mahajanaka's merit and might of righteousness, perfections and benevolence, the Mithila people, to return their gratitude, join in praising him as the Maha Raja, the Greatest King of them all.

For more information, please contact: 02-975-5550
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Complete the Big Fat weddings survey to win a weekend in Bangkok!

[ What's New In Thailand ] Posted by nattanich on 2014/11/25 14:40:00 (1067 reads)
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Christmas Star Parade in Sakon Nakhon

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/24 15:30:00 (644 reads)

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting local and international tourists to join a joyous festive parade and count glittering stars at the only annual Christmas Star Procession in the country in Sakon Nakhon. Ban Ta Rae in Mueang Sakon Nakhon district is home to Thailand's largest Roman Catholic community, which has been celebrating the Christmas Star Procession annually since 1982 to commemorate the Christmas nativity.

This year's festivity will start on 23 December at the 100-year-old Ta Rae community, where the colonial- and Vietnamese-style houses will be elaborately decorated with star-shaped lamps and glittering Christmas trees. The traditional Christmas star parade which is unique to Ban Ta Rae, and a mass at the community's cathedral, are set to take place on 24 December.

The spectacular Star Procession itself takes place on 25 December from 6 p.m. onwards, in Mueang Sakon Nakhon district. Over 200 vehicles will join the procession and these have been brightly decorated by members of the Roman Catholic communities of Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan and Kalasin.

Also joining the procession will be traditional Christmas figures; such as, Santa Claus and angels. But the real atmosphere is generated by the thousands of Christian pilgrims and locals who join in the procession with their own glittering star lanterns.

For more information, contact
Sakon Nakhon Cultural Office, Tel +66 (042) 716247
Sakon Nakhon Provincial Administration, Tel +66 (042) 711773
Ta Rae-Nong Saeng Christian Church, Tel +66 (042) 711272
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TAT happy with October recovery

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/24 14:50:00 (609 reads)
BANGKOK, 24 November 2014 A 67% surge in arrivals from China helped Thailand record an overall growth of 6.14% in visits in October, the first month of positive growth this year.

Tourist arrivals reached 2,180,601 in October including 501,043 trips from China, giving it a market share of 23%. The upturn raised arrivals in January to October to 19,736,600.

An analysis by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports said that the main reason for the growth in Chinese arrivals was temporary suspension of a visa fee over three months ending 8 November.

The visa-fee waiver, applicable for both mainland China and Taiwan was a short-term tactical measure to raise arrivals during a peak holiday period for Chinese in October.

Three specially assigned "Chinese lanes" and five "premium lanes" were added at the main gateway Suvarnabhumi Airport. Chinese-speaking translators were also stationed throughout the airport to assist travellers.

Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, Thawatchai Arunyik said "We are pleased that the visa-fee waiver produced results. It is the first positive upturn in arrivals this year, and we are optimistic that the growth will continue in both November and December."

Other highlights of visitor arrivals in October 2014, with comparative figures over October 2013

Malaysia was the second biggest source market with arrivals of 262,803, up by 11.05%.

Singapore recorded arrivals of 79,564, up by 4.92%.

Arrivals from some of the neighbouring ASEAN countries showed good growth; Myanmar (+48.65%), Cambodia (+16.40%), the Philippines (+4.60%), and Brunei (+0.99%).

Arrivals from Israel were up 78.7% to 14,475, also due to a long holiday in that country.

Travel from India, the biggest source market in South Asia, rose 9.14% to 87,990.

Bangladesh showed a growth of 12.87% to 10,330.

Visitors from Sri Lanka grew by 0.93% to 7,378.

For 2014, TAT has set a target of 25.5 million visitors and foreign exchange earnings of THB1.20 trillion.

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