Prizes, history at Buddha Amulet Fair

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The Petchprakan Praram 2 Club won top honors at the Pattaya Buddha Amulet Fair and Competition.

Former Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunplome, Pattaya officials and Sagna Kijsamrej, advisor for the Buddha Amulet Association of Pattaya opened the Oct. 19 show at the Eastern National Indoor Sports Arena.

Sponsored by police stations throughout the Pattaya area, the event was more than just an exhibition of Buddhist amulets, but also a competition awarding prizes for the oldest, rarest and most popular amulets.

Tara Phunsri, secretary at the Ministry of Interior, presented the Petchprakan Praram 2 Club a trophy and golden Prajao Taksin Maharaj (Petch Bucha edition) coin for winning the top prize.

The event attracted thousands of Buddha amulet collectors from all over Thailand.

The most-popular amulet prize went to the Khunyok Suankwangthueng Club, which received a trophy and Luang Poh Khoon (Petch Bucha edition) silver coin.

Other prizes included ancient writings, photos, Chinbanchorn and Luang Phu Tim amulets, and more.

The event aimed to promote tourism and conservation of old and rare Buddha amulets.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support students who are in need of scholarships as well as supporting the soldiers in the three southern provinces.