Wat Pan Tao Ceremony

Wat Pan Tao Ceremony. The northern Thai city of Chiang Mai is the home of hundreds of Buddhist temples. Wat Pan Tao resides within the old city and date back to the 19th century. It is carved from teak wood and had been previously part of the royal palace. Wat Pan Tao is an attractive temple, yet you would not recall it to be a highlight from a trip to Thailand. Unless you were fortunate enough to visit the temple during the festival of Yi Peng and Loi Krathong.

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Wat Pan Tao Ceremony

Wat Pan Tao Ceremony

Loi Krathong which translates to “float a basket” and takes place on the evening of the full moon of the Thai lunar calendar (typically November). On this evening, one launches the Krathong in a river or canal as one makes a wish. The Krathong floating away symbolizes the release of hated and anger. The Krathong contains both incense and a candle.

Wat Pan Tao Ceremony

Wat Pan Tao Ceremony

The Yi Peng the Lanna (northern Thai) festival coincides with Loi Krathong. YI Peng festival witnesses thousands of sky lanterns or floating lanterns climb into the moon lit sky. The lanterns are lit and heated by a candle. When one launches a sky lantern, one is making merit in the Buddhist religion.

Wat Pan Tao Ceremony

Wat Pan Tao Ceremony

Thousands of people descend on Chiang Mai to take part in this magnificent festival of light. I have been fortunate to attend this festival on two different occasions. It is a must-see event.

During the festival a truly magnificent ceremony takes place at Wat Pan Tao with a large group of young monks. The colors, the lights, the setting represent all that is fantastic of Thailand.

Wat Pan Tao Ceremony

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Please be aware that this is a truly popular event. I arrived at 5 pm, two hours before the start of the ceremony to ensure I was in the front row. It was truly worth it. Wat Pan Tao Ceremony.

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4 thoughts on “Wat Pan Tao Ceremony

  1. Mat

    Thanks Gaz, lovely photos. Do you know if they just do it on the full moon evening or if they also do it on the other days when there are festivities? I really want to make sure I capture this withmy camera so was thinking of going each night. Festivities start tonight on 2nd November 2017 and the full moon is in the 4th. Cheers.

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    1. Ric Gazarian Post author

      My experience is…the night of the full moon is the actual ceremony. But the night before is the “dry run”. The dry run is almost as crowded as the actual night. So, get there early, I think I got there about 90 minute before the ceremony and was able to set up my tripod and be in the front row.

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      1. Mat

        Thank you Ric. Its now 5.46pm so we better get going right now. I assumed it was just the full moon night so we just did the river last night- amazing. Fingers crossed I can get a space for my tripod now.

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