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Annual fair

There are fairs to promote fund-raising in order to do work repair on the temple or build new structures. In famous temples, there is an annual fair ("GNAAN PRACHAM PI" - งานประจำปี) with music concerts, outdoor activities, amusements and so on...
Temple fair
Temple fair

The Thai temple plays a community role and social focal point.

Temple fair
Important restoration can last several years until the complete funds are available.
Temple fair
Temple fairs happen every year. They usually last a few days or one full week.
Temple fair
Temple fair
Temple fair
Thai local people flock to the Buddhist temple and perform good actions in order to get merits. They usually pray and donate money to the temple.
Temple fair
People cover the Buddha statues with a thin golden leaf to honour Buddha teachings.
Temple fair
Temple fair
Temple fair
People stick small flags with a banknote as a donation inside a round structure. It becomes a "money tree" (เงินต้น).
Temple fair
People can also rent Buddha statues from the temple. Thai people never buy Buddha statues but rent them.
Temple fair
Temple fair
Temple fair
In Buddhist temples having a tall pagoda, people can write prayers and their name on a paper. This paper is then inserted in a bell that is sent on the top of the pagoda, representing the heaven.
Temple fair
Until late in the night, Thai people come to the temple to pray. They lit the incense sticks and kneel three times and put the incense sticks in front of the statue.
Temple fair
Temple fair
Temple fair
Some Buddha statues start to be deformed as golden leaves have been stuck during years and years.
Temple fair
After prayers and listening to the monks preach, people want to have fun. So they wander around the fair and its numerous stands.
Temple fair
Temple fair

Families, young couples, teenagers, kids and even monks wander along the shops.

Temple fair
Food stalls propose delicious food (snacks, noodles, rice dishes and even bugs), drinks and local sweets. Family with kids have a good time.
Temple fair

Some vendors tour around Thailand going from one temple fair to another.

Young people wander around the pagoda. It is also an opportunity for young people to court each other and stay late.
Temple fair
Temple fair
Temple fair
Any kinds of goods is sold during the temple fair, i.e. shampoos, beauty products, clothes, shoes, posters etc.
Temple fair

It is the rule for visitors to bargain before buying goods in such temple fair.

DVD, VCD and CD are also available for sale. Genuine or fake? Anyway high volume sound warns visitors that they are approaching a CD shop.
Temple fair
Temple fair
Temple fair
Local artists can portrait visitors very accurately.
Temple fair


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