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Inthakin Festival

Inthakin Festival

Inthakhin is an annual festival held in Chiang Mai to celebrate the worship of the grand city pillar and the giving of offerings.

The pillar was first constructed by King Mangrai in 1296 following the foundation of the city and was later moved to its current location inside a shrine in 1800.

Inthakhin Festival 2024 Dates, Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai Thailand

The festival is also known as the Lak Mueang Festival and begins on the 12th day of the sixth lunar month each year and runs over eight days. The first day is filled with different activities, from the making of offerings to the burning of incense and the lighting of candles.

In addition to this, Inthakhin is marked by dancing, musical performances, games and plenty of food. The magnitude of this celebration is a testament to just how much the locals revere the city pillar. Festivities generally start at 8am with flowers offered at Wat Chedi Luang, and monks will also come to pray. You will also find processions heading around the moat during the day, and celebrations will continue into the evening.

The temple is located on Soi Inthakhin, off Inthawarorot Road, in the centre of the old city near the Three Kings Monument.

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