Colors of the East festival unfolds in Jomtien this weekend

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Pattaya police will be undercover and in uniform to manage security and traffic when the sixth Colors of the East Festival unfolds on Jomtien Beach Road this weekend, from May 23 to 26.

Sponsored by the provinces of Chonburi, Rayong, Chantaburi and Trat, the event features 270 booths for selling food, locally made goods, tourist souvenirs and other cheap merchandise. This will be the first year the event will be held in Jomtien. Previous festivals have been held on Beach Road, causing massive traffic problems.

Pol. Col. Chatchawan Pisutwong said police will be undercover and in uniform to manage security and traffic at the sixth Colors of the East Festival.Pol. Col. Chatchawan Pisutwong said police will be undercover and in uniform to manage security and traffic at the sixth Colors of the East Festival.

At a May 14 planning meeting, acting Pattaya Police Superintendent Col. Chatchawan Pisutwong said traffic police will be prevalent, keeping cars moving and steering vehicles to park at Khrathungthong Temple on Jomtien Second Road.

Meanwhile, uniformed and undercover officers will mingle with festival guests to maintain security.

The festival will feature musical performances from Kratae-Kratai, Naem Ronadet, Punch Worakan and Abnormal. There will also be performances of eastern cultural arts, prize drawings and games. The highlight will be a lantern contest with 12 teams vying for a grand prize of 200,000 baht and trip to South Korea.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a star-studded parade.