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Tourist attraction events at Phra Pathom Chedi stupa in Bangkok of Thailand
Three events at the Phra Pathom Chedi stupa in Bangkok of Thailand attract a lot of tourists, visitors and followers every year as found out during my visit to the place last. The events are the swing dance, Phra Pathommachedi Festival and Phra Ruang Birthday Ceremony.

I was reminded of my visit to Bangkok when I learned that this year on Sunday, February 25, hundreds of dance lovers grooved to Thailand's swing dance. The event was organized by a group called the Bangkok Swing in Nakhon Pathom around Phra Pathom Chedi - the world famous golden pagoda thronged by worshippers, visitors and tourists.

Both, young and old as well as locals and foreigners, dressed in vintage costumes took to the steps of the swing dance in the streets of west Bangkok on Sunday night. The purpose of the event was to spread the joy and love for swing dance.

Phra Pathom Chedi - the holy royal stupa - is located at the Buddhist temple in the town center of Nakhon Pathom in Nakhon Pathom Province of Thailand. It is believed to be the oldest and the first stupa in Suvarnabhumi - an ancient name of Southeast Asia.

Phra Pathomma Chedi has become an important destination for pilgrimage and a subject of Thai literature since many poets have written poems on the stupa.

Two festivals are held at Phra Pathom Chedi which attract a number of tourists. The annual 5-day or 9-day Phra Pathommachedi Festival is held from the evening of the full moon of the 12th month to the 4th day of the waning moon in the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.

The second one-day festival, Phra Ruang Birthday Ceremony, is organized on November 2 considered to be birthday of the Buddha image which attracts thousands of worshippers, visitors and tourists.

The main highlight of the ceremony is a lucky draw to find a person to be a representative of all worshippers to lit light in front of the Buddha image. On this day, most of believers and worshippers bring red painted boiled eggs and yellow flower garlands to worship the Buddha image.

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