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INSIDE THAILAND
Big Gathering of Muay Thai Boxers from Around the World in Ayutthaya

9 March 2018 (Readers 536)

 
Over 1,800 international disciples of the art of Muay Thai from more than 60 countries are expected to join the World Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony, to be held in Ayutthaya province on 16-17 March 2018.
 
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), this ceremony is held each year for Muay Thai boxers from Thailand and around the world to pay respect to their teachers and past Muay Thai masters.
 
It is an age-old tradition that gives visitors a chance to celebrate and learn about this Thai martial art. Muay Thai, or Thai-style boxing, is an important part of Thai culture, and it is now well-known in the global community. It is different from Western boxing in the diversity of offensive and defensive blows, thus making the art more taxing and challenging to the boxer.
 
The upcoming World Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony, the 14th of its kind, will take place at Wat Maha That and Wat Langkha Khao in the Ayutthaya Historical Park. It falls on the celebration of Nai Khanom Tom Day on 17 March. Nai Khanom Tom was an almost mythological Muay Thai folk hero and warrior, who is also recognized as the "Father of Muay Thai.
 
TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that Wai Khru is much more than a ceremonial kick boxing ritual, performance art, or just paying respect to ones teacher. It is an important part of Thailands cultural and martial arts history. Its origins are traced back to ancient battlefields when Thai soldiers fought for independence, centuries before Muay Thai developed into a martial art for sport.
 
The World Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony 2018 also features delicious Thai food, quality handicrafts, Muay Thai boxing souvenirs, as well as ancient Muay Thai demonstrations and teaching. Some of the more interesting Thai local experiences include the ancient arts of tattooing and sword making from Ayutthayas famed sword village.
 
The Thai government has established a policy to promote, preserve, and develop Muay Thai, while making it better known worldwide.
 
 
Foreign Office, The Government Public Relations Department, Office of the Prime Minister
9 Rama VI Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

Fax : (+66) 2618 2358 E-mail : prforeign@prd.go.th
 
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