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LAMPHUN'S SONGKRAN FETIVAL

Lamphun (pronounced as -- Lumpoon) or Haripoonchai, the ancient name for the city, has been the "oldest continuous city in Thailand " for more than 1,300 years. The present-day easy going lifestyle of the people makes the culture interesting because traditional values are still retained. In the ancient times people came together to build an irrigation canal in preparation of the harvest and rainy season. The ancient culture of this period includes the tradition of the courtship of young men and women based on the sharing of rice and water which was an integral part for survival.

LAMPHUN VILLAGE REMEMBERED

Long ago in a small village a beautiful farm girl was courted by two farm boys. One day the prince suddenly stopped at the village. When he saw her, he decided that the beautiful village girl should be his consort. Traditionally, this was a great honor to be bestowed on the family of the girl. Of the two farm boys, one dutifully accepted his loss by fate, but the other farm boy wanted to eliminate the prince. The prince was saved from harm by the dutiful farm boy who was then rewarded by the prince with the gift of the beautiful farm girl.

All of the traditions particular to Lamphun are brought forth in an exciting rendition of days gone bye. Don't miss the "Sound and Light" drama presented by and starring the people of Lamphun. The cost for the Khantoke Dinner and the live drama is 700 Baht for maximum of 5 people per table.

Scenes of the drama will portray several traditions of Lamphun such as:

(1) Dam Making, (2) Courtship, (3) Merit Lottery (Lamphun's own tradition), (4) Harvest, (5) Ground Breaking for a New House (Lamphun's own style), (6) Songkran Festival, (7). Dam Hua Ceremony.

Anyone interested in making reservations, can contact the Lamphun Municipality Education Division at the following numbers: Tel. 511-013, 511-540 and Fax 511-092. Bleacher seats are available for those not interested in Khantoke Dinner.

SONGKRAN 1998 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS IN LAMPHUN

13 April 1998
13:00 The "Washing of the Buddha statue" and Songkran procession which will start at the Lamphun Municipality
14:00 Opening ceremony at Thakam park
Miss Songkran Beauty Contest
The Ancient Market
19:30 Khantoke Dinner
20:30 Sound and Light Drama
22:00 Presentation of Thai northern songs (Mr. Vitoon Jaiplum)
14 April 1998
09:00 Ancient Market
19:30 Khantoke Dinner
20:30 Sound and Light Drama
22:00 Singing Contest

SEE LAMPHUN FROM THE COMFORT OF A SAMLOR

samlor The routes for Samlor tours in the Lamphun municipal area:
  • Route A Temples:
    1 Wat Pra That Hari Phunchai 2 Weaving the cotton Fabric (stop and walk around by the Guang River) 3 Wat Shang Khong (drive past) 4 Koo Chang Shrine (stop and walk around) 5 Wat Kai Kaew (drive past) 6 Lamphun Municipality Office (drive past) 7 Wat Sanpayang (stop and walk around) 8 Wat Prakhong Rirsee (drive past) 9 Wat Mahawan (stop and walk around) 10 Nong Dok Market (stop and walk around) 11 Queen Chamdhevi Monument (stop and walk around) 12 Prechakiate Thai Silk (stop and walk around) 13 Wat Thong Sadja (drive past) 14 Wat Suphanrangsri and Wat Pra That Hari Phunchai
    Time: 124 minutes

  • Route B Silk and cotton weaving Fabric
    1 Wat Pra That Hari Phunchai 2 Wat Suphanrangsri (drive past) 3 Wat Thong Sadja (drive past) 4 Prechakiate Thai Silk (stop and walk around) 5 Wat Pra To Li (drive past) 6 Cross The Bridge beside the Lamphun Stadium (Drive past) 7. Cotton and silk shop (stop and walk around) 8 Life style of Villagers with the blooms under the house (Drive past) 9 Pensiri Thai Silk (stop and walk around) 10 Wat Phra Yuan - Wat Pra That Hari Phunchai
    Time: 117 minutes

  • Route C General
    1 Wat Pra That Hari Phunchai 2 Wat Suphanrangsri (drive past) 3 Prechakiate Thai Silk (stop and walk around) 4 Queen Chamdhevi Monument (stop and walk around) 5 Nong Dok Market (stop and walk around) 6 Wat Mahawan (stop and walk around) 7 Wat Chamdhevi (stop and walk around Wat Pra That Hari Phunchai) Time: 96 minutes
For more information please Tel. (053) 531-675, 511-002, 511-512

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