Suphan Buri's City Pillar Shrine. (Photo by Karnjna Karnjanatawe)

Downtown Suphan Buri is home to a large number of people of Chinese descent. Even the Lak Muang shrine, where the city guardian statues are kept, was built in the Chinese style. So if you're looking for a place to celebrate the Lunar New Year, Suphan Buri is one of the destinations you should consider.

This Saturday and Sunday, the city's Lak Muang shrine, the Chinese Descendants Museum and the Heavenly Dragon Park — all of which are located in the same compound — will be elaborately adorned and illuminated to welcome the Year of the Rat. Troupes of cultural performers, both local and those from China, will wow visitors with a variety of shows including acrobatic dragon dances, the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin dance, and face-changing, or Bian Lian. There will also be concerts by famous singers namely Palapon Pongongseng and Paowalee Pornphimol. The first on Jan 25 and the latter, who's a Suphan Buri native, on Jan 26.

The Chinese Descendants Museum. (Photo: Pichaya Svasti)

Suphan Buri is 100km or so northwest of Bangkok. Make sure you get there early so you have time to check out the Chinese Descendants Museum and learn about the history of Chinese people in Thailand and the province, as well as the relationship between Thailand and China.

For more information, call the local office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand on 035-525-867 and 035-525-880.

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