Gathering New Year by Elephant Go Go
Gathering New Year by Elephant Go Go
We are finally in December, the last month of 2019 and this December is even more special as it is the last month of the 2010s.
This year, Bangkok is hosting many interesting parties to celebrate the beginning of the new decade. We have put together a list of the best parties reachable by Elephant Go Go.
New Year Countdown with Lights and Sound
The lights and sound of firecrackers are a symbol of the beginning of the new year. Almost every party in Bangkok puts on a spectacular light and sound show, each year bigger than the one before.
Starting from the heart of the city, the celebration in front of Central World is voted as 1 of 10 great places to spend New Year’s Eve by CNN and it is often termed as the Time Square of Asia
This year, the festivity is held under the name “Thailand & AIS Bangkok Countdown 2020”. The party will feature a stage show with a height of 4 floor building and 220 meter long. Over 4,000 firecrackers will be used to execute a 5 minute long firework show, guaranteed to give you the most spectacular sky as you enter into 2020.
ICONSIAM, the latest riverside mall, will hold a countdown party under the name “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2020” where you can celebrate 2020 in style by the iconic Chao Phraya river.
The celebration will feature a firework show, using only environmentally friendly firecrackers. The firework is designed by an expert from Japan, using Thai sticky rice to create a firework of over 1,400 meters long. The concept of the show is “Seven Wonders of Blessings”.
Thailand & AIS Bangkok Countdown at Central World, accessible via Elephant Go Go on the Red Route, Siam Square One stop
Amazing Thailand Countdown at ICONSIAM, accessible via Elephant Go Go on the Blue Route, ICONSIAM stop
Entering the New Year with Peace and Tranquility for a Happy 2020
For those looking for a peaceful and tranquil way to enter the new year, a Buddhist chanting ceremony has become an increasingly popular alternative on new year’s eve.
The Ministry of Culture is holding a Buddhist celebration at Sanam Luang from 30 December to 1 January. On the 30th of December, there will be a parade of the Buddha’s relics from the Grand Palace to Sanam Luang.
On the eve of the 31st of December, the chanting ceremony will be held from 23.10 to 00.10.
Accessible via Elephant Go Go on the Red Route, Rattanakosin Hotel stop
Sao Ching Cha (Giant Swing)
The Giant Swing is a place of worship built in the era of King Rama I and it has since become a symbol of Bangkok.
The celebration at the Giant Swing will start from 31st of December. Aside from the midnight chanting, there are also other exhibitions and activities, centered around history and culture.
Accessible via Elephant Go Go on the Red Route, Wat Sutat stop.
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Beautiful Bangkok 2020: A Blossom of Happiness
Light and sound show under the concept of flower blossoms, intended as a new year gift for all visitors. The flowers are no ordinary flowers but they are represented through the light and sound show on the exterior of a 60 floor building, using the latest technique from a Japanese creator.
There is also “The Wonder Flower Land” zone, where you can admire the beauty of imaginary flowers, created using the Interactive Installation Art technology or AI. Each flower is uniquely created using the heartbeat rate of each visitor, guaranteed to give each person one of a kind creation.
Siam Paragon 14th Anniversary World Magical Celebrations
Siam Paragon is putting together famous street shows from around the world, including Headless Men, Compagnia LA FABIOLA (a famous Italian puppet show) and many others.
Both Beautiful Bangkok 2020: A Blossom of Happiness and Siam Paragon 14th Anniversary World Magical Celebrations are accessible via Elephant Go Go on the Red Route, Siam Paragon stop.
Making Merits for Good Luck in the Year of the Rat.
Year 2020 is the year of the Rat, according to the Chinese Calendar. It is believed that the year of the rat is an unlucky year for those born in the year of the horse. Hence, many like to make merits at the beginning of the year to rid themselves of any misfortunes.
A popular place to make merits is the Dragon Temple of Leng Nei Yee Temple in China Town.
The Dragon Temple is accessible via Elephant Go Go on the Blue Route, Yaowarat stop.
Another popular temple is Tippayawareewiharn temple which was built during King Taksin period in 1776. The temple is also famous among worshippers wishing for prestige and fortune.
Tippayawareewiharn temple is accessible via Elephant Go Go on the Red Route, Wat Pho stop.
New Year Countdown on the Peak of Bangkok
Celebrate the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 at the highest point of Bangkok at the “Bangkok’s Highest Countdown 2020” party, held on the 78th floor at King Power Mahanakorn. You will be entertained with a concert, a lavish feast and a 360 degree view of the fireworks.
Bangkok’s Highest Countdown 2020 King Power Mahanakorn is accessible via Elephant Go Go on the Red Route, King Power Mahanakorn stop