Nov 29, 2012

Ganesh Himal Museum พิพิธภัณฑ์พระพิฆเนศ:
An exclusive attraction near Chiang Mai

See the location on Ganesh Himal Museum Google Map

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The Gate to Ganesh Himal Museum

Ganesh or Ganesha, the elephant headed Hindu God, known by the Thai people as Phra Phi Kanet and the god of success as well as master of the intellect and wisdom, has got a Museum near Chiang Mai, the first one specialized on Lord Ganesh in Thailand. The Ganesh Himal Museum is the work of Khun Pandara Theerakanond. Born in Bangkok, he has been collecting images and paintings of Ganesh for years after receiving a Ganesh Amulet from his father. After he had moved to Chiang Mai the collection got too big for his house. In 2004 he purchased land in San Patong and began to create the museum. Actually the Ganesh Museum shows over 1000 Ganesh artifacts, collected from all over Asia.

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There is a shop selling Ganesh images and paintings. The Museum is open daily from 9 am till 5 pm. In the Worshiping Hall you can join a service every Sunday at 10 am. The Ganesh Museum is located at 227 Moo 10, Yangkram, Doi Lor, San Patong. It has a website in Thai:

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See the video of openchiangmai and the one by ChoongChalisa. Read more: Visiting the Shrine of the Elephant-Headed God.

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Nov 18, 2012

Yee Peng Festival starts on November 25

Release of the Khom Loy, the paper ballons

Chiang Mai's Loy Kratong Festival - also known as Yee Peng - begins this year on Sunday November 25. The Grand Parade will end it on November 29. The full moon will be on 28 November. At night people around the city flock to the moat and the Ping River to float their krathongs; small floats decorated with banana leaf and flowers. "Then add a candle, three sticks of incense, a fingernail clipping, a small lock of hair and a one baht coin and float your old troubles away", writes And Khom Loy, the paper hot air balloons, fill the sky. Find the whole schedule here.

A Khom Loy release by thousands of people will be held on November 24 at the Tudongkasatan Lanna Meditation Center near Maejo University. But getting there and come back is not easy. Read Loy Krathong in Mae Jo: Really an Adventure.

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