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The lantern festival in Samut Prakan

The lantern festival in Samut Prakan started on January 22 and continues until February 16, 2020. A short visit, off the beaten track.

The lantern festival is a great moment for the Samut Prakan region. Located just at the mouth of the Chao Praya, 5 minutes from the terminus of the BTS, Samut Prakan is not much visited by foreigners. It’s the same for the festival.

The lantern festival is a great time. It’s really good to go there. There are more than 5000 lamps from Taiwan arranged around the pretty Chinese temple of Thamma Katanyu or Sian Lo Tai Thian Kong

The lamps represent mystical animals as well as gods or goddesses, scenes of life, etc. It is extremely varied and sometimes surprising.

Around the temple is a big fair where you can eat and play many games … The atmosphere is very nice.

Useful information

To get to the festival, the best way is to go to the Kheha Station terminus of the BTS Sukhumvit line (23 stations from Siam … the trip is very long). From there, there is the possibility of taking a taxi (5 mins without traffic jam) or a songthaew (n ° 36).

The Lantern Festival is located just after Ancient City and Wat Asokaram. It is easy to find.

You can visit the Sian Lo Tai Thian Kong temple all day. The illuminations start around 6:00 p.m.

The festival started on January 22 and ends on February 16, 2020.

The lantern festival in Samut Prakan

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