UDON THANI, 29 August 2014 – Udon Thani has won renewed fame, to add to its notoriety when CNN proclaimed the city's Bua Dang the second strangest lake in the world. This time, the region has staged the largest Thai dance, held to pay homage to Krom Luang Prajak Silapakom on January 18th, 2014. The huge occasion was attended by over 20,000 participants, thousands of whom joined a mass Thai dance. The Guinness Book of World Records has now confirmed it was the largest Thai dance, beating the previous record set in Chonburi, with 5,121 participants.
Mr. Seni Jitkasem, the Governor of Udon Thani, revealed that on January 18th, they organized an event to celebrate the 121st year of Udon Thani's founding, and to pay homage to Krom Luang Prajak Silapakom, who established the city. Thousands of people participated on the day as members of the audience or as dancers in the event at Krom Luang Prajak Silapakom Ground, in front of the Rajabhat Udon Thani University. Representatives of the Guinness Book of World Records were present as well. 5,121 participants were expected to join the dance; however, the number increased to 5,255. Participants in the dance had to wear the same traditional costume and dance in the same traditional pattern.
The Udon Thani Governor has confirmed the good news saying that on August 11th, 2014, the Guinness World Records confirmed that the January 18th dance achieved a record for the largest Thai dance in the world, consisting of 5,255 participants.