By The Nation
History has it that in January 1592, King Naresuan the Great of Siam defeated Phra Maha Upparacha, the Burmese Crown Prince, in a royal duel on elephant’s back; as a result, the Siamese kingdom regained its sovereignty from the occupation of Burma.
The Don Chedi Monument comprises two sites, a royal monument in honour of Siamese victory and a pagoda (chedi) enshrining relics. The Royal Thai Army renovated the pagoda in 1952, building a new 66metre high and 36metre wide structure over the ancient one. The statues of King Naresuan the Great and his elder sister Phra Suphankanlaya are also located in the compound.
The highlight of the event is the lightandsound and multimedia mockup war on elephant’s back, with a total of 10 shows being performed throughout the event. Showtime starts at 7 and tickets cost Bt100.
Fairgoers can also enjoy musical performances, khon masked dance, and a number of competitions, including speaking with a Suphan Buri accent, singing contests and a beauty pageant.
Held concurrently, the Suphan Buri Red Cross Fair 2018 offers visitors the chance to enjoy local Suphan Buri food and desserts, including Thai crispy pancake, pad thai and herbal drinks as well as shop for bargain buys ranging from clothes to furniture. There are also game tents including balloon darts game, bingo and more.