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Sukhothai expecting Bt500 million from Loy Krathong festival

Nov 14. 2018
File photo: Loy Krathong festival in Sukhothai.// The Nation Photo
File photo: Loy Krathong festival in Sukhothai.// The Nation Photo
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By The Nation

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Sukhothai Governor Maitree Traitilanan said his province was expecting 300,000 tourists for Loy Krathong from November 16 to 25 and Bt500 million in revenue.

File photo: Loy Krathong festival in Sukhothai.// The Nation Photo

The festival, featuring light-and-sound shows, will take celebrants back in time to the glory days of Sukhothai 700 years ago, when it was the capital of Siam.

Key sites have undergone a massive clean-up, including Wat Mahathat and the plaza where the King Ramkhamhaeng Monument stands.

Opening day on Friday will feature rites at Wat Traphang Ngern with offerings made to the long-ago kings of Sukhothai.

File photo: Loy Krathong festival in Sukhothai.// The Nation Photo

Also planned are a krathong float competition and a Krathong Queen beauty pageant.

Another highlight will be a ceremony on November 22 at 11pm in which lanterns sent by His Majesty the King and other members of the royal family will be floated on the pond at Wat Sra Sri.

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