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Thailand International Kite Festival 2010

Date: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th March 2010
Venue: Rama VI Border Police Camp, Cha-am

Thailand International Kite Festival takes place on the grounds of the Rama VI Border Police Camp, Cha-am, Phetchaburi, Thailand, where the Mrigadayavan Palace is located.

The kite festival is held on the weekend of the 13 and 14 March 2010.

This is the 11th Thailand International Kite Festival. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) frist held the Thailand International Kite Festival in 1989. The kite festival is held every 2 years.

There are many different types of kites on display at the Thailand kite festival. Huge kites in various shapes that are visible for miles around. Kites that take the shape of 30ft high flying octopus's, gigantic fish, crocodiles, tigers and even a 40ft native American girl will fill the sky for the weekend. 

As well as the floating giant kites, there are displays of all types of kites from all corners of the globe. Kite flyer's from all over the world come to represent their country and display their individual kite styles. Countries represented at the 2010 Thailand International Kite Festival include Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, China, Germany and Great Britain.

The are displays of the two line 'stunt' kites both individual kite shows and kites flown in unison by teams of kite flyer's.

A demonstration of the Chula-Pakpao kite fighting also takes place

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From an academic chronicle, it was found that a Chinese engineer named Kungshu Pan built a wooden bird, which could fly in the sky for 3 days, it was assumed as the world's first kite. In Thailand kite flying has been long popular since the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods among the royalty as well as ordinary people.  The Chula-Pakpao kite was created in the Ayutthaya period and the competition had been held until the Rattanakhosin period. King Rama II was fond of Chula kite fighting with the Pakpao kite of his brother. Westerners compared the Chula kite as a male and Pakpao kite as a female. Kite flying was also the most popular sport of king Rama IV, kite flying at Sanam Luang inside the Dusit Palace, and had a kite flying competition held at Dusit Palace in 1856.  After World war II, the Siam Sportclub held an annual kite flying competition.  

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2010 14:36  

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