Surin calling tourists to participate in world exclusive alms giving on elephants’ back ceremony

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SURIN, July 2015 – Surin’s Tourism Authority of Thailand is now inviting tourists to join the province’s exclusive alms giving on elephants’ back ceremony, which is being held on 29-30 July 2015.

The Director of Surin’s branch Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Chookiat Pho-to said that TAT Surin would like to invite the general public and tourist to join the Buddhist Lent Candle Procession and Alms Giving On Elephants’ back ceremony on 29-30 July 2015.

The event will be held as tribute to His Majesty the King, to pass on the cultural heritage of Thailand, and to boost tourism in the Province. It will feature a candle parade with extravagant candles from 12 famous temples in the province, the province’s traditional performances, and a grand elephant parade with featuring 87 elephants.

The highlight of this event is the alms giving on elephants’ back ceremony, which will take place on 30 July 2015 from 7am onwards at the Monument of Phaya Surin Phakdi Si Narong Changwang, Surin. Senior Buddhist monks will ride the elephants to receive alms offered by the general public.

Tourists are encouraged to also visit nearby tourist attractions in the province. At Ban Tha Sawang Silk Village, villagers still perform traditional silk weaving techniques, while the Elephant Village is unique destination where elephants are raised as a family member of the villagers. The beautiful sandstone-carved Apsara statue located at Prasat Sikhoraphum castle is also another destination tourists should not miss.

For more information, please contact the Surin Provincial Office at www.surin.go.th or tel 0-4451-2039, the Surin Provincial Administrative Organization tel 0-4451-1975, and TAT Surin at www.tourismthailand.org or via [email protected] email address, or tel 0-4451-4447-8, 1672.