Buri Ram province, in cooperation with the Fine Arts Department and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), is organising the annual Phanom Rung Historical Park Festival 2018 from March 30 to April 1.

The event is usually held every first weekend of April to celebrate the unusual phenomenon when the rays of the rising sun shine through all of the Khmer temple’s 15 doorways at the same time.

This awe-inspiring spectacle takes place four times a year at the Phanom Rung Sanctuary and is believed to bring great blessings upon everyone who is there to witness it. For wanting to see it this year must be present at the sanctuary on April 3-5.

Several other activities will also take place as part of the event, including a dimensional mapping light and sound show and a special light show highlighting the legend of Phanom Rung Sanctuary, a ritual to worship the gods and celestial beings, as well as a grand procession and Apsara dance performances.

Local arts and crafts as well as souvenirs and a wide range of local cuisine will be on sale at the traditional-style flea market.

Other attractions to explore include Muang Tam Sanctuary in Prakhon Chai district, Wat Khao Angkarn – the Buddhist temple on an extinct volcano, the silk and cotton weaving village of Tambon Charoensuk, and Lamnangrong dam of Non Din Daeng.

Another place of interest in Buri Ram is the i-Mobile Stadium (Thunder Castle), which is currently the largest football stadium in Thailand and a new magnet attracting visitors to Buri Ram. This 32,600-seat football stadium is owned by the Thai Premier League club Buriram United. Also not to be missed is the Chang International Circuit, which will host the MotoGP 2018 in October.

This year’s event joins the action-packed Thailand Tourism Year 2018, which promotes the time-honoured cultural events and festivals, as well as helping to spread tourism income to the local communities across the country.

For more information, call the TAT Surin Office (044) 514 447-8, or 1672, email: [email protected], or visit www.TourismThailand.org/surin.