Naklua hosts Pattaya’s biggest Chinese New Year event

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Government officials pay respect to the Eight Immortals of Chinese beliefs on Chinese New Year.

The biggest of Pattaya’s three Chinese New Year commemorations played out in Naklua, the heart of the area’s Chinese-Thai community.

Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome and his deputies were greeted at the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation Feb. 1 by President Wisit Chaowalitnittithum and top executives.

The event began with a golden dragon parade, after which everyone paid respect to the Eight Immortals of Chinese beliefs amid a lively atmosphere.


Lion dance performers accept “ang pao” red cash envelopes from government officials.


Officials also present “and pao” to selected constituents.



Golden lions and dragon corral honored guests for a group photo.