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Buddhist Lent Festival in Thailand

In about a month, on October 17th, it will be Khao Phansa, the festival that marks the first day of Buddhist Lent. This will be celebrated throughout Thailand but there are some more important events than others that I will list in this article and you will find in the Festival in Thailand section of the site.

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What is “Buddhist Lent”?

The domination of “Lent” is little misleading because this period of the Buddhist calendar has nothing to do with fasting like during the Christian Lent. In fact, it is about the period of 3 months of retreat of the monks who pass it in their temple in study and in meditation. This retreat is based on an edict from the Lord Buddha issued to ensure that the monks do not go to damage the crops or accidentally crush the insects, hidden in the flood waters. They are therefore under house arrest in their temple.

However, some Thais during Vassavasa (the rainy retreat) and avoid drinking alcohol, eating meat and smoking tobacco but it gets lost a lot.

On the first day, Khao Phansa, literally meaning “to enter” (khao) in this period called phansa, takes place the day after Asanha Bucha Day , the full moon day of the eighth lunar month, which celebrates, the day that Buddha delivered his first sermon to his first five disciples after attaining enlightenment.

There are many important festivals that are organized throughout Thailand, these two days in the month, the day before, Asanha Bucha and the first day of the rainy season’s retreat, Khao Phansa.

This year, Asanha Bucha will be held on July 16, 2019 and Khao Phansa on July 17, 2019.


Khao Phansa Festivals 2019


Candle Festival of Ubon Ratcthani

ubon ratchathani

Date: 16-17 July 2019
Main Location: Thung Si Mueang Park

The candle festivals and their parade of wax sculpture floats are one of the main traditions of Thailand’s North and East Thailand (Isan) of Khao Phansa .

And in these festivals, the biggest and best known is that of Ubon Ratchathani . The festival will be held on 16th and 17th July 2019 with a parade on the evening of the 16th and another on the 17th early morning near the Thung Si Mueang Park.

If you want to see the preparations and sculpture of the wax tanks that will participate in the event, it will be necessary to go there a few days before. According to the local TAT office, most of the work will be done from 10th to 12th July.

Nakhon Ratchasima Candle procession

nakhon ratchasima candle procession

Date: 16-17 July 2019
Location: Thao Suranari Monument

At the Thao Suranari monument in Mueang Korat , there will be a wax candle contest, a candle parade and merit activities. Organized every year to promote local art and culture, the festival will also feature a number of cultural activities, including the Khon Theater, a traditional masked dance performance.

There will be especially a nocturnal parade on July 16th and around the city on the 17th from 9am.


Nakhon Phanom Candle Festival

Date: July 17, 2019
Location: Wat Phra That Phanom

The Laotian-influenced culture of Nakhon Phanom gives a different twist to the Khao Phansa celebrations in the city. The festival focuses on the iconic Wat Phra That Phanom local pagoda and there is always a beautifully carved candle procession and the Miss Candle Festival.


Aquatic Phansa in Ayutthaya

Aquatic Phansa à Ayutthaya

Date: July 16, 2019 at 8:30 am
Location: Lad Chado Market, Ayutthaya

The ancient capital of Ayutthaya hosts spectacular Khao Phansa celebrations with candles being taken to local temples in more than 200 colorful boats that descend the ancient Lad Chado Canal. Visitors can also enjoy a taste of rural life, beauty pageants and local games.

This is the big ceremony closest to Bangkok.


Suphanburi Candle procession

Date: 16-17 July 201 9
Location: Wat Pa Laylai Woraviharn, Rua Yai Tambon, Mueang Suphan Buri

Students from local art colleges compete to set up the most impressive candle exhibitions. There are huge sculptures representing creatures and heroes of Thai myth and these are proudly walked in the city. Visitors can also discover exhibitions on the lifestyles of local tribal people and enjoy folk dances.

Saraburi Khao Phansa Festival

Date: 16-17 July 2019
Location: Wat Phra Putthabat Ratchaworamahaviharn, Saraburi

During Khao Phansa in Saraburi, people visit the local Buddha footprint sanctuary at Wat Phra Buddhabat Woramahaviharn where yellow and white flowers are offered to monks (Tak Bat Dok Mai) as a means of doing merit. It has become a big event and now thousands of people are joining to give alms to the monks as they climb the steep stairs of the sanctuary.


Nan Candle Festival

Date: July 17th, 2019
Location: Bunyuen Royal Temple, Wiang Sa District, Nan

Visitors can join the locals by offering food to the monks in the morning. Later in the day, they can join in the alms of candles at the temple and take part in other meritorious activities that offer insights into Thai Buddhist culture.

Su Thong Pae Bridge

I do not know if it will take place this year, because there was an accident with the collapse of a part of the bridge that contained too many people a year, but near Mae Hong Song , on the Su Thong Pae Bridge , a A charming bamboo bridge across the rice fields, there was a tradition of offering to the monks in the morning of Khao Phansa at 6am and at 6:30 pm, the bridge was lined with candles to guide people to the temple. If it still happens, the setting is beautiful and I imagine the bridge has been strengthened.

I do not have confirmation for this year but there was also a small candle parade in Pattaya from the Beach Road to the Walking Street.

I am obviously not exhaustive, I concentrated mainly on the most important festivals but there will be events and especially great ceremonies of offerings everywhere in the country. For my part, I think going to Ubon Ratchathani, since the time that I want to go see their big festival of candles!

Phi Tha Khon, the Thailand Gost festival

Every year in Dansai, Loei Province, in the north-east of the country, one of Thailand’s most amazing festivals is held: the Phi Ta Khon Festival. This celebration dedicated to the spirits is a unique traditional ceremony transmitted from generation to generation. This year, the event will be held from 5th to 7th Juy 2019. The detailed schedule oft his very unique festival in Thailand is below.

Phi Ta Khon Festival Loei

Phi Ta Khon Festival is the most famous festival in Loei province


About Phi Ta Khon Festival

Usually held in June or July at dates that change every year, the Phi Ta Khon Festival is the best known tradition in Loei Province. It is part of a major festival of merit called the Boon Luang festival that combines Bun Phra Wet and Bun Bang Fai (the rocket festival) festivals.

The origins of this Ghost Festival are traditionally attributed to a story of the Vessantara Jataka in which Lord Buddha in one of his past lives as a prince made a long journey and was presumed dead. The celebrations when he came back were so joyful that they awakened the spirits who came to join the welcome parade.

In commemoration of this moment, the young men of the community disguise themselves as Phi Ta Khon (“spirits”) dressed in long, colorful trailing costumes and all wear the typical hideous mask of Phi Ta Khon, made from a basket useb for cooking sticky rice and recognizable by its long pointed nose and wide, sharp-toothed smile. Swords ended by a phallic form sometimes complete their panoply.

In addition to the highlight of the festival, the parade through the city, there are other activities, including several traditional rituals and Buddhist ceremonies related to the festival at Wat Phon Chai temple, the epicenter of the event, such as the recitation of the thirteen sermons from Phra Vessandorn.

There are also several competitions, including Phi Ta Khon masked dances contest, special markets selling food and local handicrafts, concerts and cultural performances.


Schedule of Phi Ta khon Festival

Here is the programme of the 3 day festival.

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Friday 5 July 2019

( Phra Upakut Invocation and Cultural Ceremony)

  • 04:00 a.m.- Invocation of Pra Upakut: Procession from Phon-Chai Temple to Mun and Sork River.
  • 06:00 a.m.- Food Offerings to Monks at Phon-Chai Temple.
  • 08:30 a.m.- Ba- Si (Summoning of Spirits) Ceremony at Chao Pho Kuan’s House.
  • 10:00 a.m.- Cultural Ceremony at Phon-Chai Temple by Dan Sai Sheriff. Gathering for Phi Ta Khon procession and competitions among groups marching along Kaew Asa Road.
  • 11:00 a.m.- Performances on the stage in front of Dan Sai District Office.
    – Participate the Mask Festival by painting masks with the famous artists from 4 regions at Wat Pho Chai (first day).


Saturday 6 July 2019

(Official Opening Ceremony and the Grand Phi Ta Khon Parade)

    • 10:00 a.m.- Grand opening ceremony by Loei Governor in front of Dan Sai District Office.
      .- All parades move from Dan Sai District Office to Phon-Chai Temple.
      – Participate the Mask Festival by painting masks with the famous artists from 4 regions at Wat Pho Chai (last day).
    • 01.00 p.m. – Performances on the stage in front of Dan Sai District Office.
      – Phi Ta Khon competition (Final round).
    • 03:00 p.m. – Ba- Si (Summoning of Spirits) Phra Wet at Chao Pho Kuan’s House.
    • 03:30 p.m. – Phra Wet parade led by Chao Pho Kuan and Chao-Mae Nang Tiem to Phon- Chai Temple to make merit and firing of the Bamboo rockets.
      – Phi Ta Khon mask discarding ceremony at Wang-wern pier, Phon-Chai Temple
    • 07:00 p.m. – Buddhist sermons at Phon-Chai Temple.


Sunday 7 July 2019

(Buddhist sermons- No Phi Ta Khon Dancing)

  • 04:00 a.m. – 13 consecutive Buddhist sermons at Phon-Chai Temple
    – Parading of consecutive Buddhist sermons of all villages in Dan Sai District

For tourists, it’s the 2nd day that is the most interesting, I think. This is a good opportunity to visit Loei Province and go after or before to the charming city of Chiang Khan.


How to go to Dansai ?

To come to Dan Sai from Loei, there are local buses that take you there in about 1h30. Otherwise, the bus to Phitsanulok can also drop you off in Dan Sai. To enjoy the festival, it is better to book an accommodation in Dan Sai or nearby but book in advance!



Thai Smile: Domestic flights in Thailand at 900 THB

I admit it’s a bit subjective, but Thai Smile is my favorite airline for domestic flights in Thailand. Unfortunately, they are often more expensive than Nok Air, Air Asia or Thai Lion Air (and it is justified because quality and especially onboard service is better) so I do not take them often except when there are promotions like now with air tickets to travel in Thailand at 900 THB (25,40 €). All-inclusive price including 20 kilos for checked luggage.

vols interieurs thailande pas chers 25 euros


Good promotion on internal flights in Thailand

The current Thai Smile promotion aims to encourage tourism during the rainy season in Thailand. And again, traveling in Thailand during the rainy season is far from unpleasant, it’s even, from my point of view, the best time to visit the North and Northeast.

To obtain flight tickets at 900 THB, you must book on the company’s website today or tomorrow (before midnight Thai time) knowing that the offer applies only on tickets for flights until 30th September 2019.

So if you are planning a trip to Thailand this summer but have not yet booked your domestic flights to get around in the country, go have a look !


Flights Bangkok – Phuket at 25€

vol pas cher bangkok phuket 25 euro

Vols Bangkok – Phuket à 900 THB TTC


Flights Bangkok – Chiang Mai at 25€

vol pas cher bangkok chiang mai 25 euro

Flights Bangkok – Krabi at 25€

vol pas cher bangkok krabi 25 euro

Flights Bangkok – Chiang Rai at 25€

vol pas cher bangkok chiang rai 25 euro

Flights Bangkok – Udon Thani at 25€

vol pas cher bangkok udon thani 25 euro

There are other destinations like Khon Kaen with tickets at this same rate. I let you go see all this on the site of the airline and make simulations for your dates hoping that you will get this price and if so, do not hesitate !

You can certainly pay around 50 THB less, always with 20 kilos of checked baggag  with a Nok Air promotion but frankly for such a small difference, choose for Thai Smile !

For those who do not know this airline, it is the low cost subsidiary of Thai Airways.

And do not hesitate to follow me on Facebook and Twitter to see the promotions and tips that I share !


Ayutthaya Week Festival big historical festival

Ayutthaya, former capital of the Kingdom of Siam, 1h30 drive from Bangkok organizes from 22 to 26 May 2019 a big historical festival about its history and its kings. Here are more details on this event which should add another dimension to the visit of this very interesting city that I always enjoy visiting.

ayutthaya historical festival thailand


Live shows and illuminations

The festival will be held in the Ayutthaya Historical Park area, with nightly shows including historical narratives, there will be an old market, a free tram tour to see the beautifully illuminated temples at night. Trams will run from Ayutthaya City Pillar Shrine to Wat Mahathat Temple and mark a stop at the King U-Thong monument (4:30 pm – 10:00 pm).

ayutthaya temple lightening

Programme of Ayutthaya Week Festival

Program of events in front of the Ayutthaya Tourist Center office and Wat Mahathat.

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May 22, 2019 – 5:30 pm to 9 pm

Opening of the festival
Khon theater performance
traditional music
historical show (sound and light with extras)

May 23, 2019 – 6 pm to 9 pm

various shows including children’s talent show
historical show (sound and light with extras)

May 24, 2019 – 6 pm to 9 pm

traditional dance show
lakhorn show (musical theater)
historical show (sound and light with extras)

May 25, 2019 – 6 pm to 9 pm

traditional dance show
lakhorn show (musical theater)
concert by a choir
historical show (sound and light with extras)

May 26, 2019 – 6 pm to 9 pm

traditional dance show
masked lakhorn show
Thai music concert
historical show (sound and light with extras)

“Ayutthaya Royal Procession”, a royal procession like none in Ayutthaya for 252 years, will take place on May 24 at 5 pm and will leave Wiharn Phra Mongkol Bopit next to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet to join the shrine sanctuary of the city (Ayutthaya city pillar shrine).

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Events at Ayutthaya city pillar shrine

May 22, 2019
7:15 pm: Thai traditional music (Pleng Rua and Pleng Kiaw Khao), Thai dance (Ram Thai),
20h: Thai cooking show from 08:00

May 23, 2019
6.30 pm: Traditional Thai drama (Lakorn Chatri)
Thai local music show (Pleng Choi, Pleng E-saew)
7:30 pm: Seminar on Ayutthaya architecture by Dr.Kreangkrai Kerdsiri

May 24, 2019
17:00: “Royal Procession of Ayutthaya” (departure from WiharnPhraMongkolBopit to the shrine of the Ayutthaya pillar) (see below)
7:00 pm: Thai puppet show from KHAMNAI PUPPET GROUP
19:30: Seminar “Coronation ceremony of Ayutthaya in Rattanakosin” by Kampol Champapan and Nontapron Youmangmee

May 25, 2019
6.30 pm: Traditional music Pleng Song Kruang
7:15 pm Sound and light show “King Prasatthong”

May 26, 2019
6.30 pm traditional Thai drama (Lakorn Chatri)
7:30 pm: Thai antique fashion show

Apparently, there will still be events on May 27th and 28th from 6pm to 9pm.

And if you continue your route to Lopburi, further in the North, the city also organizes a festival from 21 to 24 May.

I also take the opportunity to remind you that you can find in the main part of the website dates and information on many other festivals in Thailand.

Amazing free light & sound show in Bangkok (22-28 May)

As you know, the coronation ceremonies for the King of Thailand, Rama X, took place at the beginning of the month. To mark the occasion, there was an exceptional drone show above Sanam Luang on the evening of the last day. In a few days, the big esplanade in front of Bangkok Grand Palace will host another night show dedicated to the King that promises to be magnificent.

free light and sound show bangkok grand palace

Sound, light and waterwalls in front of Bangkok Grand Palace

From 22th May 22 to 28th May, Sanam Luang, the royal field located in front of the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) complex in Bangkok, will offer 3 performances of a light and sound show every evening.

light and sound free bangkok

The show titled “The Glorious Grace of His Majesty” will be given as its name indicates in honor of King Rama X recently crowned.

Three times for 7 evenings, Sanam Luang will present this amzing show at 7 pm, 9.30 pm and 11 pm.

free linght soud show sanam luang bangkok

It promises to be grandiose. I warmly recommend you to go see it if you are in Bangkok on these dates.

Festivals in Thailand

And do not forget to take a look at the Events in Thailand page of the website, there are many incredible festivals that will add a real plus to your journey in the country.

Schedule of live transmissions of coronation ceremonies for the King of Thailand

Just a quick article for those who would be interested in watching the ceremonies of the coronation of the King of Thailand, Rama X, from May 4 to 6, 2019. I will indicate for each moment, a link on which you will just have to click to access a live broadcast commented on English. Schedules are mentioned in Thai local time.

thailand king coronation live boradcast schedule

Retransmissions of May 4, 2019

This is the most important day with the ritual of sacred waters.


Royal Purification, or the ceremony “Song Muratha Bhisek”

The Royal Purification, or the “Song Muratha Bhisek” Ceremony, takes place at Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence

Live broadcast from 9am commented in English here:


Official declaration of faith

The official declaration of faith, demonstrating his willingness to become the Royal Patron of Buddhism by paying homage to the Royal relics of former kings and queens.

Live broadcast from 4pm commented in English here:


Retransmissions of May 5, 2019


Royal Cypher and Royal Title

The ceremony to bestow His Majesty’s Royal Cypher and Royal Title and to grant the royal ranks to members of royalty takes place at Amarindra Vinicchaya Throne Hall.

Live broadcast from 8:30 am commented in English here:


Royal Procession

His Majesty the King rides in the Royal Palanquin in the Royal Procession on Land to encircle the city.

Live broadcast from 3 pm commented in English here:


Retransmissions of May 6, 2019


Public audience on the balcony

His Majesty the King grants a public audience on a balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall in the Grand Palace to receive the good wishes of the people.

Live broadcast from 4 pm commented in English here:


Show in honor of the King

A card stunt show with 300 drones in honour of HM the King.

Live broadcast from 7pm commented in English here:

Schedules may change depending on program modification.

I chose the lives of the ThaiPBS channel because it is the channel I watched for the funeral of King Bhumibol, Father of the current King, but there will be other channels offering retransmissions with comments in English including Facebook lives.

Note that once the lives are finished, you can watch them on demand by clicking on the same links.


Schedule of Songkran Festival 2019 in Koh Samui

This year, Koh Samui Island in the Gulf of Thailand is hosting a big 3-day, 3-night Songkran festival marking the Thai New Year. It will be held on the iconic Chaweng Beach Road. Here is the program.

songkran festival koh samui thailand


Schedule of Songkran 2019 in Samui

The Samui Water Color Songkran Festival will be held from April 12 to 14 on Chaweng Beach Road and will combine Songkran’s cultural and traditional events including a parade, morning alms offerings to monks and prayers and live DJ sets from noon to midnight.

songkran program 2019 koh samui

As you can see on the program above, there are several venues for this festival, around the Central Festival for the April 13 parades and the opening ceremony, Phru Chaweng for the morning alms offerings to the monks and prayers of the 13th in the morning, the Central Festival car park and the Solo bar that will be offering DJ sets every day from noon to midnight.

In short, it ill probably the most lively Songkran in Koh Samui for a long time !

Of course, the Buddhist temples on Koh Samui will also be se many local people coming for offerings, merits and pouring scented water  on Buddha images. I can not tell you more because, I have never been in Koh Samui for Songkran but no doubt that the staff of your hotels or guesthouses can inform you.

Alternatively, try going to Wat Khunaram, Wat Samret or Khao Hua Jook Pagoda overlooking Chaweng.

3 Thai traditional Khon performances in Sukhothai

At the end of November, Khon, a Thai traditional masked theater, was inscribed on UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage List and to celebrate it the authorities had declared that 2019 would be the year of Khon with performances in many places all around the country. There will be 3 of them until mid-March in the Sukhothai province and Kamphaeng Phet (see below).

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3 Khon theater performances in Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet

3 esceptionnal performances

The performances will take place in or in front of the 3 big historical parks in Thailand also listed at UNESCO: Sukhothai, the best known, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet historical parks.

schedule khon performances sukhothai

Programme of performances

The first “round” as they say, will be given on February 6, 2019 as part of the “Back to Ancient Si Stachanalai” fetival which I have already shared the dates on, so in Si Satchanalai historical park, then a second round will be performed in Sukhothai on February 24 and another one in Kamphaeng Phet on March 13, according to the following schedule:

  • Round 1: February 6, 2019 at 19.00
    At Wat Chang Lom in Si Satchanalai Historical Park
  • Round 2: February 24, 2019 at 19.30
    At Wat Chanasongkram in Sukhothai Historical Park
  • Round 3: March 13, 2019 at 19.30
    On the esplanade in front of the Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park in the city

I do not know yet if the entrance is free of charge or not but I should have the information tomorrow.

Anyway, for more information, you can contact the Sukhothai Silpakorn Office 6 at 055 697 364 or Sukhothai TAT  Office at 055 616 228.

You will find in the heading Cities & islands of the site all the practical information to visit these 3 cities and their historical parks.

Schedule of Chinese New Year 2019 in Chinatown Bangkok

February 5th will be the Chinese New Year. It will be celebrated all around Thailand (see this post) and of course in Chinatown in Bangkok. Essentially in Yaowarat Road and around the Big Chinese Gate facing Wat Traimit. Here is the official schedule of the festivities.

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Chinese New Year 2019 in Bangkok

The festivities will take place on February 5th and 6th, 2019.

The most emblematic moments of the Chinese New Year celebrations are the lion and dragon dances. The program only speaks of lion dance on the other hand.


Tuesday, 5th February, 2019

Yaowarat Road, Bangkok.

  • 12.30 – 13.00 – The lion dance performance.
  • from 15.30 – Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presides over the event.
    – Special performances from the People’s Republic of China and Thailand.
    – Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visits the event.
  • 19.00 – 20.00 – Cultural performance from the People’s Republic of China.
  • 20.10 – 20.40 – Special performance from schools in Samphanthawong district.
  • 20.40 – 20.50 – Lucky draw session 1.
  • 20.50 – 21.10 – Changing mask performance.
  • 21.10 – 21.30 – The Chinese soap opera performance.
  • 21.30 – 22.00 – Lucky draw session 2.
  • 22.00 – 23.00 – Show from Thai singer.
  • 23.00 – 23.05 – Lucky draw session 3.
  • 23.00 – 24.00 – Show from Thai singer.


Wednesday, 5th February, 2019

Yaowarat Road, Bangkok.

  • 13.30 – 14.00 – Special performance from schools in Samphanthawong district.
  • 14.00 – 14.45 – Cooking demonstration by a chef from Thailand.
  • 14.45 – 15.00 – Activities on the main stage.
  • 15.00 – 16.30 – The lion dance performance.
  • 19.30 – 21.50 – Special performance from the People’s Republic of China.
  • 21.50 – 22.00 – Lucky draw session 1.
  • 22.00 – 23.00 – Mini concert by BNK48, a Thai girl group.
  • 23.00 – 23.05 – Lucky draw session 2.
  • 23.05 – 24.00 – Show from Thai singer.
  • 24.00 – Lucky draw session 3.

See you on for more information and upcoming events in Thailand !


Thailand : Sakon Nakhon Christmas Parade

Every year the Tha Rae community near Sakon Nakhon in Northesterna Thailand organise its Christmas Parade Festival. This year it will be held from 22 to 25 December 2018. here is the program.

sakon nakhon christmas parade thailande


Sunday 23rd December 2019 At Martino Pavillion, Tharae

18.00 :  Christmas Parade starts from Raj Charoen road and turn left to Krajang Jaeng and turn left to Nittayo Road then turn left to Sathaphorn road then turn left to Raj Charoen road and finish at Martino pavilion

19.30 :  Fire-performance at the pavillion

Christmas choir by local students

the Arc Bishop give a Christmas wish

the Arc Bishop give Christmas candies


Christmas stage performance by local students

23.00 : End of the event


Monday 24th December 2018 at Archangel Michael Cathedral Tharae

18.30 : Start Mobile Star Parade at Martino Pavilion towards Archangel Michael Cathedral Tharae

19.30 -22.00 : Mass Midnight by the Arc Bishop


Tuesday 25th December 2018 at King Rama V Monument, Mueng Sakon Nakorn

18.00: Christmas Parade starts from Suk Kasem Road through City Gate and turn left at Sakon Raj Wittayanukul school towards Roman Chatolic Tharae-Nongsaeng Arc Dioses Center

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