Thai Temple Fairs
Thai Temple Fairs (ngan wat) are community events that usually take place on temple grounds at the time of Buddhist religious festivals. The most famous Thai temple fair in Bangkok is the Golden Mountain Temple Fair which takes place every November in the grounds of & surrounding streets of Wat Saket. The Golden Mount is one of Bangkok’s most famous temples & landmarks being visible from all around the surrounding area and a beacon at night with it’s brightly lit chedi.
Thai Temple fair dates are determined by the lunar calendar & the event is mostly a local affair attracting few tourists, but this is usually due to a lack of publicity in the English language as most activities are similar to those found at popular fairs around the world.
What happens at a Thai temple fair?
Firstly, Thai temple fairs are family orientated so you will find lots of games & activities that families can enjoy together. There are shooting galleries and dart games, a Ferris wheel, various rides, a ghost house, model painting & bouncy castles. There is also usually a live music stage & traditional dance along with market selling clothes, toys, souvenirs & local products. A Thai temple fair would not be complete without food especially local delicacies. There is also a religious aspect with many families making merit and receiving blessings at the temple.