Bangkok, 08 December, 2017 – Japan’s wintertime illumination has arrived in Bangkok in the form of the ‘Thailand Illumination Festival 2017’ currently lighting up a 39 rai (62,400 sq. m) plot of land on Ratchadapisek Road with more than one million LED lights.
Privy Councillor General Surayud Chulanont (above picture), said: “The Thailand Illumination Festival 2017 offers both local and international tourists a chance to admire the kind of spectacular LED light display that other cities are famed for, right here in Thailand.
“This wonderful exhibition was created in commemoration of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and in honour of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.”
Visitors are invited to enjoy “The King of Our Heart” exhibition and the outstanding high point of the event, a fabulous light-and-sound display presenting the royal compositions of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. They can also play charitable games and taste street food from over 30 leading restaurants. There is also a music performance nightly.
Organised by Apollo (Thailand), the manufacturer and distributor of IDEMITSU and DAPHNE lubricants, the Thailand Illumination Festival 2017 is also a charitable event where proceeds from visitors will go to the Chaipattana Foundation and Siriraj Foundation.
According to Mr. Yuiji Matsuyama, President of Apollo (Thailand), the Thailand Illumination Festival was inspired by the luminous garden lighting festival in Japan, which each city holds during every winter, with their own distinct displays and styles.
Consequently, this attracts a lot of tourism to places like amusement parks and shopping malls, as well as in the city streets themselves where the beautiful lighting is on full display. It has become one of Japan’s winter traditions.
Mr. Matsuyama said: “Therefore, Apollo (Thailand) brought this festival in Bangkok to help create a tourist attraction in the heart of the city to help promote the tourism industry in Thailand.
“This is the key to stimulating the Thai economy. It is also intended as a social activity that fosters a sense of sharing among our staff and the public, as well as giving everyone an opportunity to make merit through donating to charity.”
The Thailand Illumination Festival 2017 is open to the public with free admittance from 5 December 2017 to 6 January 2018. From Monday to Thursday, the event is open between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. From Friday to Sunday, the event is open between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
The APOLLOTHAI COUNTDOWN 2018 takes place on 31 December 2017 amid the spectacular illuminated garden with a mini-concert by Atom Chanakan, the Sincharoen Brothers and Jennifer Kim.
The exhibition is located on Ratchadapisek Soi 8 (opposite the Esplanade shopping centre on Ratchadapisek Road) in Bangkok