Story and Photos by: TAT NEWS
November 14, 2018 – January 13, 2019
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has granted royal permission for the organising of the second winter festival titled “Un Ai Rak Khlai Khwam Nao,” or “Love and Warmth at Winter’s End,” at the Royal Plaza on the grounds of Dusit Palace and Sanam Suea Pa in Bangkok from 9 December 2018 to 19 January 2019. The first edition of the festival was held earlier this year from 8 February to 11 March.
The festival, the second of its kind, will be held under the theme “The River of Rattanakosin” in a delightful retro atmosphere. It is intended to bring happiness and fun to the people and reflect the magnificence of Thai arts, culture, and traditions.
The opening ceremony will take place on Sunday, 9 December 2018, with the “Un Ai Rak Bicycle Ride” event that will be held simultaneously in all provinces nationwide, starting from 15.00 Hrs. onwards.
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will preside over the opening ceremony of the Un Ai Rak Khlai Khwam Nao festival. On this occasion, His Majesty will lead the bicycle ride event from the Royal Plaza in Bangkok to Lat Pho Park in Phra Pradaeng district, Samut Prakan province. The total length of the round-trip bicycle ride is 39 kilometres.
The mass bicycle ride event is intended to encourage the public to be aware of the importance of health promotion through exercise. It is also meant to enhance love and unity within families and society. More details at the event’s website: Bike Un Ai Rak 2018.
Following the bicycle ride event, the first day of the “Un Ai Rak Khlai Khwam Nao” festival will begin from 19.00 Hrs. onwards. The opening day will feature a special performance reflecting the event’s theme “The River of Rattanakosin” and live music by four Thai military marching bands and the Chalermraj band.
For 42 days, the “Un Ai Rak Khlai Khwam Nao” festival will feature exhibitions to provide visitors with the opportunity to learn more about Thai history and the value of the waterways of Rattanakosin. Visitors will experience river-based culture amid numerous species of plants and fantastic artistic creations, such as: the model of Aisawan Thipphaya-at Pavilion, the Thai-style pavilion in the middle of a lake at Bang Pa-In in Ayutthaya; royal barges.; and the forms of buildings from the early Rattanakosin period to the present day.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit Royal Family shops, taste delicious food from both floating and non-floating markets, and enjoy a variety of cultural performances. They can also take part in a merit-making activity by purchasing “Matcha Pha Chok” tickets for lucky draws and lottery for charity, with many prizes on offer.
Visitors are encouraged to dress in traditional Thai costumes worn during the reign of King Rama V, or other forms of traditional costumes made of Thai fabrics from various regions of the country, which reflect the Thai way of life through clothing.
From 9 December 2018 to 19 January 2019, the event will be held from 10.00–21.00 Hrs. on Sunday to Thursday, and from 10.00-22.00 Hrs. on Friday and Saturday. Entry is free.