Ayutthaya World Heritage and Red Cross Fair Commemorates One of Thailand’s UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites

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The Ayutthaya World Heritage and Red Cross Fair commemorates the anniversary of the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park being elected an UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site.

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Krung Si Ayutthaya: The Great Kings.

The Ayutthaya World Heritage and Red Cross Fair commemorates the anniversary of the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park being elected an UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site. The Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park was selected by the UN World Heritage Committee back in 1991, and since then, the Ayutthaya World Heritage and Red Cross Fair is organized by Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province; Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Provincial Administrative Organization; Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Municipality, Fine Arts Department; the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), as well as other public and private agencies.

The Ayutthaya World Heritage and Red Cross Fair recently took place December 11 – 20, 2009. Visiting the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province has become increasingly popular for local and international visitors alike, as visitors traditionally receive blessings from guardian spirits that watch over the district, and said to grant prosperity and good health to all who pay respect at the ancient site.

Those attending the fair in December experienced Thailand cultural highlights and activities, including entertaining presentations of Thailand culture and art and live demonstrations of traditional Thai customs. The well-known floating market and food fair displayed a wide variety of popular Thai food dishes and local produce.

A reproduction of a historical marketplace from the Ayutthaya period (1677-1767) was captivating, while trading traditional Phot Duang replica coins for food and dessert was amusing for all visitors. There were folk music and folk song contests, including the Thai Country Song Singing Contest presented by the Community and Village Leaders, and local beauty pageants providing constant festive entertainment.

The World Heritage and Red Cross Fair is known to be equally popular with tourists worldwide as with locals, as the fair brings a large array of booths and activities for everyone. The booths offered everything from produce to crafts from each of Ayutthaya province’s 16 subdistricts or tambons, promoted under the “One Tambon One Product” (OTOP) label.

Every day ended with a spectacular light and sound show called “Krung Si Ayutthaya: The Great Kings.” This performance, created exclusively for the World Heritage and Red Cross Fair, was staged at the Wat Mahathat temple and featured acts like an amazing elephant battle.

The opening ceremony for the Ayutthaya World Heritage and Red Cross Fair 2010 will be scheduled in the near future. The Tourism Authority of Thailand will announce the exact date so interested attendees can start planning their trip to Thailand.

About the Tourism Authority of Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was established in 1960 by the Royal Thai Government to be specifically responsible for tourism promotion. In 1965, TAT opened its first overseas office in New York (http://www.seeyouinthailand.com)]. Since then, TAT has established 21 offices in different parts of the world including the Los Angeles office. Tourism Authority of Thailand New York aims to provide the best Thailand traveling information to the public and media members as well as work closely with our travel partners to develop new deals and packages.

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