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    PHETCHABURI : Thailand International Kite Fest to kick off on 13 Mar

    Thailand International Kite Fest to kick off on 13 Mar
    Rungkarn Rujiwarangkul
    06 March 2010



    PHETCHABURI, 6 March 2010 (NNT) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) joins hands with the Thai Sports Association under the Royal Patronage and Thailand Kite Fliers Association to organize the 11th Thailand International Kite Festival from 13 to 14 March 2010.

    The event will be organized at Naresuan Camp in Phetchaburi’s district of Cha-am which is a suitable location in accommodating tourists. The kite festival is expected to attracted more visitors to the area.

    This year’s highlights under the theme “Coloring the Sky” include a four-region kite show, international kite show, and Thai kites exhibition. The event starts from 10.00 to 19.00 hrs on the days.

    The first Thailand International Kite Festival was held in 1989 and has been continually organized in various locations such as Pattaya, Ayutthaya, and Sanam Luang.

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    11th Thailand International Kite Festival (Colouring the Sky)

    11th Thailand International Kite Festival (Colouring the Sky)


    Kite flying is a world popular sport that has evolved over the decades resulting in changes into modernized patterns and materials.
    Nowadays, the features of a kite has a beautifully bigger structure and adopted modern technology in its production, which brings in a variety of forms and structures and methods of flying; as such, it creates a spectacle to the audience. It is believed that the invention of kite dates back to 400 B.C. with the purpose of pleasure and certain usefulness.
    From an academic chronicle, it was found that a Chinese engineer named Kungshu Pan (Lu Ban) built a wooden bird, which could fly in the sky for 3 days; therefore, it was assumed as the worlds first kite.
    In Thailand, kite flying has been long popular since the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods among the royalty as well as ordinary people.
    However, the Royal Households law forbade that no one could fly a kite over the palace; otherwise, punishment by law would be enforced.
    The Chula-Pakpao kites were created in the Ayutthaya period and the competition had been held until the Rattanakhosin period. King Rama ll was fond of Chula kite fighting with the Pakpao kite of his brother. Westerners compared the Chula kite as a male and Pakpao kite as a female, which was similar to the Thai social value in that period that males dominated female.
    Kite flying was also the most popular sport in king Rama IV, kite flying at Sanam Luang inside the Dusit Palace, and had a kite flying competition held at Dusit Palace in 1856, where he presided over himself.
    In the reign of King Rama VI, kite flying was restored as a sport and Phraya Phirom PhaKdi organized a kite flying competition at Sanam Luang. After World was II, the Siam Sport Club held an annual kite flying competition.
    The tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) first held the Thailand International Kite Festival in 1989 and has continuously held the event in many arenas ; such as, the seashore of Pattaya, Chon Buri, the grounds of the Bang sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Sanam Luang, Bangkok, Mueang Thong Thani Sports Complex, Nonthaburi, The 16th Infantry, Suriyothai camp, Prachup Khiri Khan, and Naresuan Camp, Phetchaburi, until now.
    In 2010 TAT in cooperation with Phetchaburi province, Naresuan Camp, Phra Ram VI Camp, the Thai Sports World under Royal Patronage, Bangkok Metropolitan Adminitration, Thailand kite fliers Association, and Sanook Sky Kite Flyer Club will hold the 11th Thailand International Kite Festival during 13-14 March 2010, at Amphoe Chaam, Phetchaburi. This province has been considered to be a well-equipped potential tourist destination and capable of organizing sports for tourism activities which draw more visitors into the area.


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