City hall plans Taksin Day, New Year’s alms offerings


Pattaya put the finishing touches on planning for its annual King Taksin Day commemoration and New Year’s Day alms offering.

City council members met with municipal police and cultural promotion officials to plan traffic and other logistics of the Dec. 28 commemoration at the King Taksin the Great Monument in front of city hall.

The service typically is hours long, with both Hindu and Buddhist observances made, monks chanting Buddhist mantras, the lighting of candles and incense and followed by Thai dance and Muay Thai boxing demonstrations.

The alms offering will see hundreds of monks and novice accepting donations of rice and dried food at Lan Po Public Park in Naklua and on Jomtien Beach Road the morning of Jan. 1.