Samut Sakhon’s City Pillar Shrine Festival, June 14-18, promises to be of great fun


SAMUT SAKHON, 7 June 2013 Samut Sakhon promises a lot of fun for visitors when the province hosts the annual celebration for its Chao Pho Lak Mueang (City Pillar Shrine God) at the City Pillar Shrine near the Tha Chin River embankment in front of the City Hall, in Tambon Mahachai, Mueang District, during June 14-18, 2013. 

The Chao Pho Lak Mueang Procession Festival will see popular folk singers taking turns to entertain fair-goers including Bai Toey R-Siam, who will take the stage on June 14, the first day of the festival.

On June 15, the “Chao Pho Lak Mueang” will be placed in a palanquin on a fishing boat, which is beautifully decorated with flags, and floated along the Tha Chin River from Talat Maha Chai to Tha Chalom in the area of Suwannaram Monastery and further to Wat Chong Lom, providing an opportunity for the people to pay respect and gain good fortune. The procession by land will also follow.

On June 18, the birthday of the Chao Pho Lak Mueang of Samut Sakhon, participants in the festival will be given “holy noodle” to mark the auspicious day. Throughout the five-day festival, a range of entertainment activities will be held at night, including concerts, outdoor cinemas, Chinese opera, Likay (Thai folk theatre) and comedy shows. During the day, visitors will be offered traditional food, stalls of souvenirs and low-priced consumer goods .