Chiang Mai temple builds gigantic Songkran sand pagoda
A temple in Chiang Mai has built a massive sand pagoda to celebrate the forthcoming Songkran Festival. Resident monks and novices at Jedlin Temple built the 15 metre high sand structure with the help of people living in the Phra Singh sub-district of the northern Thai city.
The pagoda measures 10 metres on each of its four bottom sides and is built over five tiers. Each tier is held in place with walls fashioned from bamboo poles. The 12 flags mounted on the pagoda represent the 12 different yearly astrological signs used in Thailand.
At a dedication ceremony staged on Monday evening, the pagoda was crowned with a shade parasol. Jedlin Temple builds a sand pagoda every year for Songkran. This tradition is derived from the Buddhist custom of replacing the ground people may have carried away on their feet over the previous 12 months.
Many temples in Chiang Mai and the rest of the country do the same thing on the 14 April, but not on the scale of the Jedlin monument. Songkran is Thailand’s biggest festival and the whole country is on the move. 12GO ASIA says don’t delay in making reservations if planning to travel over the festive period.
Our image of the pagoda under construction was supplied by Chiang Mai News.
Today is a national holiday in Thailand. The 23 October marks the death of one of the nation’s favourite monarchs, King Chulalongkorn, in 1910. Due to the upcoming funeral rites for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, today’s ceremonies will probably be very subdued.
City authorities in Bangkok are offering free travel on trains and buses for the Royal Cremation rites on Thursday. According to the official King Rama 9 website, services on the BRT bus, MRT underground and BTS Skytrain will offer free travel for all passengers.
A traditional ceremony held at Phuket’s Jui Tui Shrine yesterday evening ushered in the 2017 edition of the island’s vegetarian festival. The island’s governor, Norraphat Plodthong, oversaw a lantern-hoisting ceremony known as Seng Ko Teng Thiao at exactly 17:09.