Monkey Festival in Thailand

Posted on November 19, 2012

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Thailand is so much more than just a string of beach resorts where palm trees sway gently on pristine sand, while the emerald sea laps at its shores.

Sure, as you will see in any Thai Magazine, some of the most idyllic stretches of coastline in the world are found in Thailand, the Land of Smiles.

But what you will also discover from flicking through our Thailand Magazine, for example, is that culturally-speaking the country is also one of the richest on the globe.

The history of the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is long and colourful, and calendars of national festivals and events listed in Thai Magazines are a clear representation of this fact.

Meanwhile, there are also some new more modern festivals emerging which are helping to guide the country into the 21st century.

Take the Monkey Festival, for example, features on which regularly make their way into the pages of various Thailand Magazines.

This unique festival takes place in the Lopburi province, approximately 150 kilometres north of the capital, Bangkok, on the last Sunday of November.

Lopburi is famed for its monkeys, which are believed to be descendants of a Hindu god called Hanuman, who according to the Ramayana made the province his kingdom.

A couple of decades ago, locals decided to throw a buffet lunch for their primate population as a way of saying thanking you for all the revenue they generated through tourism. The festival – which sees long tables being set up full of food for the monkeys in the grounds of Pra Prang Sam Yot temple, was an instant hit and has now become an annual festival visited by thousands.

This year, the Monkey Festival will take place on Sunday November 25th, where a parade of monkeys through the town will start proceedings. Last year an estimated 2,000 monkeys showed up for the feast, which costs around half a million Thai Baht.

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Posted in: Bangkok, Thailand