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Thailand’s capital Bangkok celebrates its 240th anniversary on April 21, offer a list of festivities

For four days from April 20 to 24 Bangkok will be open cultural, shopping and entertainment venues in different areas of the city. In honour of the capital’s anniversary, they will be transformed into community centres with national performances, food and souvenir fairs designed to showcase the uniqueness and identity of the kingdom, promote cultural tourism and evoke a sense of pride in the country among Thais and foreigners alike.

The Thai government has announced that the festivities will commemorate the day Bangkok was founded on April 21, 1782, as well as King Rama I, founder of the Chakri dynasty, and all monarchs of the Rattanakosin era.

There will be a free shuttle service between the sites provided by the Bangkok Public Transport Authority. Those wishing to attend can call the 1348 hotline to reserve boarding and disembarking spots.

The exact times of the events have not been reported; you can come to the designated locations from April 20 to 24 during the day and see what’s going on.

The 240th-anniversary celebration of Bangkok will take place in nine areas:

1. National Museum of Bangkok and the National Theater. There will be light shows and exhibitions, a bazaar of national foods and cuisine.

2.Santichayprakarn Park. Scheduled cultural events, concerts by local artists and a trade fair.

3. Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall offers an art gallery whose works are dedicated to Bangkok.

4. Ratchadamnoen Center for Contemporary Art. It will feature art and cultural exhibitions by young artists, a photo gallery and an exhibition entitled “ASEAN Communities at Rattanakosin: From Past to Present.”

5. Prajurawongsawas Warawiharn Temple will organize a showcase of local food and cultural performances.

6. Chalermkrung Royal Theater Hall invites you to performances.

7. The Temple of Phra Chetuphon Wimonmangkhlaram. Here there will be award ceremonies dedicated to the previous kings of the Chakri dynasty of Thailand.

8. The Bangkok City Temple will hold a sacrifice ceremony.

9. The Grand Palace invites visitors to pay tribute to Buddha images and explore the halls and attractions of the Grand Royal Palace.

Event venues in Bangkok:

National Museum of Bangkok, Bangkok City Temple, Siam Museum, Santichai Parakan Park, Police Museum, Parutsakwana Palace, Wat Bovonnivet Vihara, Wat Chanasonkram Ratchavormahaviharn, Grand Palace, Defense Hall Museum, Wat Prayurawongsawas Varavihan, Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theater, Wat Saket Ratchavormahaviharn (Golden Mountain), Wat Ratchanatdaram, Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, Rachadamnoen Center for Contemporary Art, Wat Sutat Thep Varam, Wat Ratchabophthit, Wat Ratchapradit Saththitmahasimaram, Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimonmungklaram (Wat Pho).

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration requires strict adherence to health and safety measures at all sites to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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