FEBRUARY 8th – MARCH 11th, 2018, 10:30 AM
THE ROYAL WINTER FESTIVAL
“WARM LOVE TO TEMPER THE COLD”
THE DUSIT PALACE & SANAM SUEA PAH
UPDATE February 8th: The royally-initiated winter festival, Oon Ai Rak Klay Kwam Nao, will kick off today at the Royal Plaza and Sanam Suea Pa in Bangkok. Visitors are required to wear polite dress, not necessarily traditional Thai costumes, as shorts, sleeveless blouses and sandals will not be allowed.
Thai visitors must produce their national identification card and foreign visitors must present their passports at screening points before they can enter the festival’s compound. There are four screening points.
Initiated by HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the festival will features beautiful flower orchards, impressive structures, a fair plus performances that will remind people of the good old days.
Held until March 11, the festival will be open from 10.30am to 9pm from Sunday to Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, it will run from 10.30am to 10pm.
Wittaya Yamuang, a representative of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, said on Wednesday that visitors could ride a shuttle bus to the venue. “We have prepared two shuttle routes. One is between Sanam Luang and the Suan Misakawan Intersection. The other is between the Royal Turf Club of Thailand (Sanam Ma Nang Lerng) and Sanam Suea Pa,” he said. The shuttles will run from 9am to 10pm, with buses leaving every 10 minutes.
He added that there would be special bus routes for the festival. The first one starts from the Chatuchak Bus Terminal and will stop at the Uthong Nai Intersection. The second runs from the Victory Monument to the Wat Benchamabophit Intersection. The third starts from Wong Wian Yai and will drop at the Wang Daeng Intersection. The fleet for these routes will stop at every bus-stop along the way. “If you wish to come to the festival by private car, you may park your vehicle at the Royal Turf Club of Thailand or the Dusit Zoo,” he said.
Traffic Police Division’s commander Pol Maj-General Thirasak Suriwong said one traffic lane on the Uthong Nai and the Si Ayutthaya roads next to Suan Amporn and Sanam Sua Pa would be closed 24 hours a day during the festival period. “One-way traffic will be arranged on the Rajdamnoen Nok Avenue between 9am and 10pm,” he added.
Thirasak said traffic on the Si Ayutthaya Road would also be closed between 6pm and 10pm during the festival period for its portion between the Wat Benchamabophit Intersection and the Phon Intersection. On Rajdamnoen Nok Avenue, traffic would be closed between 6pm and 10pm during the festival for the portion between the Royal Plaza Intersection and the Misakawan Intersection.
Deputy Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Maj-General Montree Yimyam said the festival venue should be able to accommodate about 50,000 people at a time. “We will deploy 1,619 patrolmen in the area,” he said.
REFRESHED BY the cool breeze, members of the public are invited to dress up in Thai traditional costumes and join the winter festival event “Oon Ai Rak Kly Kwam Nao”, or “Warm Love to Temper the Cold”, initiated by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.
Given royal wishes for Thai people to be joyful and overcome the sadness of the past, as well as to pay tribute to the great achievements of King Rama V and King Rama IX, the grounds of Dusit Palace and Sanam Suea Pah have been transformed for a grand exhibition.
Admission is free for the event taking place from Thursday until March 11, but proceeds from associated earnings will be donated to royal charity projects.
Historically, the winter festival was first organised during the reign of King Chulalongkorn as a festive and cheerful event. A replica of the Supannahongse Royal Barge in half-size scale represents the journey of the monarch and the people.
The event will showcase three areas. One area will be decorated with the architectural styles that existed during the reigns of King Rama V and King Rama IX, such as the building of Vimanmek Mansion and Siam Commercial Bank. Visitors will learn about the royal court’s meticulous arts and crafts such as embroidery, Khon mask making, and the preparation of traditional Thai sweets and food.
In addition, visitors can take pictures with the views of winter flowers, fountains and gardens. Meanwhile, the Sanam Suea Pa compound will showcase various royal and renowned booths such as Volunteers 904, Phufa, Friends in Need (of “PA”) Volunteers Foundation, the Royal Project Foundation, the Armed Forces Wives Shop and others, including local cultural performances and an outdoor cinema as well as food stalls showcasing examples of regional Thai cuisine.
The ambience will also feature a historical atmosphere to preserve the country’s cultural heritage with sellers dressed up in traditional costumes and local art and culture demonstrations, as well as a “retro photography” studio.
On stage, there will be various performances Friday through Saturday, and Sunday through Tuesday on a smaller stage. Old-style cinema will be screened every Wednesday and Thursday. The performances will run between 6pm and 8.30pm.
On Thursday, February 8th, Privy Counsellor General Prem Tinsulanonda, as a representative of His Majesty the King, will preside over the grand opening ceremony.
Performance by the Fine Arts Department will include drumming known as “Maha Ming Mongkol”, a traditional dance called “Ram Arsiravath Rajasadudee” in tribute to the Chakri monarchy and an orchestral performance.
Address:THE DUSIT PALACE & SANAM SUEA PAH, BANGKOK,THAILAND