Pattaya Daily News

15 December 2006 :: 17:12:52 pm 26057

Bangsai Arts and crafts centre to exhibit their Hand-Made products for sale in Pattaya

On July 21st ,1976, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, in her capacity as assistor of the poor of Thailand, sponsored the establishment of the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques, under royal patronage, to encourage, develop and market the products of local handicraft manufacturers. Several centres under the name of Bangsai Arts and Crafts Centre were set up in Bang Na and Bangsai District, Ayutthaya Province.
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The “Bangsai Support Centre” Arts and Crafts Village was also established as a permanent showplace for Thai arts and culture, such as lifestyle, folklore and plays as well as displaying examples of Thai architecture from all over Thailand

Now, Bangsai Arts and Crafts wishes to exhibit its range of products in Pattaya and Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasing, held a meeting with the Eastern Hotel association to provide venues for the exhibition. So far five hotels have offered their facilities:

1. Isawan Resort and Spa

2. Woodland Resort

3. Mountain Beach Resort Pattaya

4. Sunbeam

5. Long Beach Resort and Spa

Other hotels will join them in the near future. 

 Because Pattaya is one of the most famous resorts in the world, millions of tourists visit Pattaya each year and as an exemplar of Thai culture, Bangsai Arts and Crafts products will be one of the main the tourist attractions. 

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The Bangsai Arts and Crafts Village in Bangsai District, Ayutthaya Province currently represents a magnet for tourists. These are some of the facilities on display:
The Training Centre consists of workshops for various arts and crafts taught and practised here. Tourists can stroll around these buildings and observe the finesse and precision that Thai craftsmen require to make their various products. …………
Sala Pra Ming Kwan (the main building) is a modified, Thai-style building. Arts and craft products, from across the country, are on sale on the ground floor. The first and second floors have exhibits of masterpieces of the Bangsai Arts and Crafts Centre and the third floor houses a conference room.

The Royal Lodge is a central Thai-style structure made of locally produced materials, reflecting the simple beauty of a traditional Thai dwelling. This is where Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the royal family stay during visits to the Centre. Flowers, bushes, and an enchanting artificial waterfall adorn the surroundings.

Wang-pla (Freshwater Aquarium) is the largest freshwater aquarium in Thailand. Visitors cross the Octahedral Skylight, then encounter the entrance of the aquarium where they can see the freshwater environment displaying freshwater organisms found in the Chao Phya River and a cylindrical tank housing the fiercest freshwater carnivore fishes found in Thailand.

The Bird Park consists of two large cages containing many species of rare birds. The interior of the cages has been designed to simulate nature, with a waterfall, flowing stream, and a cable bridge permitting visitors to view the birds at close quarters from the top of the cage.

To give a truly authentic experience of Thailand, there is even a Wedding Package, which includes

• a Buddhist ritual in the morning, included equipment, food, flowers, and the opportunity for the bridegroom to make merit i.e. to donate money for the benefit of the monks)

• 50 village staff regaled in Thai costume for the bridegroom’s procession and the ceremony

• the most interesting part of the wedding ceremony; a procession of ” Khan Mark” for the bridegroom

• equipment, setting and flower-arrangement for the pouring of the lustral water ceremony

• a garland for the bridal pair

• a flower arrangement to decorate the bride’s house

• a sound system playing Thai music for the ceremony

• several long drum performers and a dance troop to lead the colourful bridegroom procession

• breakfast for the bridal pair and guests – 30 people

• a flower arch, and arbour

• finally, your guests have the opportunity to sight–see the Bangsai Arts and Crafts Village, the Bangsai Arts and Crafts Centre, and Wang-Pla, the largest freshwater fish aquarium in Asia for free.

Price 45,000 Baht

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Tourism News

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