Gods and kings to be honoured at Phanom Rung festival

Thailand March 22, 2017 12:00

By The Nation

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Phanom Rung Historical Park in Buri Ram is from March 31 to April 2 hosting an annual festival in which the faithful ascend a hill to pay homage to deities.

Beginning with a traditional ritual early in the morning each day, people carry offerings to the Hindu god Shiva and other immortals at the top of a hill.

A procession paying tribute to Their Majesties King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his late father King Bhumibol is also scheduled. The parade will have 10 divinities riding floats in the form of a swan, elephant, cow, rhinoceros, lion, peacock, naga serpent, horse, buffalo and human giant.

In the evenings, Phanum Rung Castle will provide the backdrop for a 20-minute “4D mapping” projection show illustrating the site’s history and sacred nature.

Other plans include dance and other cultural performances onstage and a grand light-and-sound show depicting Phanom Rung’s history as inspired by the popular TV drama series “Nakee”, shot in large part at the castle.

There’ll be a market selling local food favourites and hand-woven silk and cotton. 

Admission is free. Find out more at www.TourismThailand.org.