Yesterday once more at Royal Garden Plaza

Friday, 20 April 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 16 By  Warunya Thongrod

Thailand of the 1970s came to life again as Royal Garden Plaza prepared for Songkran with an Old Timers Thai Festival.

The food, drinks and desserts of 1970s Thailand were featured in the April 5-12 celebration. Mall visitors got to sample savory dishes, play games and enjoy performances by Nong Um Boon, the smart buffalo.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome tries out a rickshaw with Royal Garden Plaza and Royal Garden Entertainment vice president, Somporn Naksuetrong in the cab.Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome tries out a rickshaw with Royal Garden Plaza and Royal Garden Entertainment vice president, Somporn Naksuetrong in the cab.

Cultural shows featured traditional dances, Sabatchai drums of the Lanna tribe of northern Thailand and Khon performances of Mekla and Ramasura Thai folk stories.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome congratulated mall management for authentically replicating the food and shows of the time, noting many of the cultural performances are rarely seen these days.

Royal Garden Assistant Director Somporn Naksuetrong said plaza management wanted to welcome in the Thai New Year by going back to yesteryear with shows few see any more.

Hey kids, this is what a rickshaw is.  You don’t see many around nowadays.Hey kids, this is what a rickshaw is.  You don’t see many around nowadays.

Exotic food and drinks attract a large crowd.Exotic food and drinks attract a large crowd.

The Khon Ramakien performance receives thunderous applause from citizens and tourists.The Khon Ramakien performance receives thunderous applause from citizens and tourists.

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