Bangkok Thailand Map; The Mo Kathu Hamlet Civilization Festival

Last weekend from the 25th - 27th June our local hamlet had it's instant cultural street festival (first 1 was final August - meet here). Using the give-and-take "village" inwards Phuket may audio odd, but in that location are many pocket-sized communities inwards Phuket together with shout upwardly that Phuket was non ever thus built upwardly - become dorsum alone twenty years together with things were much quieter. The villages similar Kathu retain a rattling local agency of life amongst modern attributes similar internet, novel cars together with four lane roads (often the four lane roads are totally unnecessary). Kathu is 1 of the iii districts of Phuket (along amongst Muang together with Thalang) together with is together with then subdivided into subdistricts called Tambon together with farther into villages (Tesaban together with Muban) - it's all rather confusing truly - this website helps amongst all the terminology.

So the final result inwards Kathu celebrates the civilization together with history of this business office of Phuket, which became the primary town inwards Phuket inwards the early on 19th century cheers to the tin mining boom. Kathu (aka Ket-Ho) was the middle of the mining manufacture together with due to the influx of many Chinese at the time, a lot of the people are of Thai-Chinese descent. Same goes for Phuket Town which became the primary town subsequently Kathu. There is a lot of history here, together with this piffling festival shows how proud the locals are of their heritage. It's non a tourist exhibit but at to the lowest degree this twelvemonth I was non the only foreigner there! Must cause got counted at to the lowest degree four others! Well, upwardly to you. I dearest these local events.

 but in that location are many pocket-sized communities inwards Phuket together with shout upwardly that Phuket was non ever thus Bangkok Thailand Map; The Second Kathu Village Culture Festival

On Fri 25th I took my photographic idiot box camera along to spotter the opening of the final result together with a street procession through the village. Traffic was diverted upwardly a dirt dorsum route behind the Chinese temple thus the whole hamlet was for pedestrians only. The procession was due to commence at 5:30pm thus I had fourth dimension to snap a few photos earlier they started walking. The feeling I had was that everyone was rattling happy together with enjoying either taking business office or watching. OK, peradventure a few of the teenagers dressed upwardly inwards costumes were a fleck embarrassed but it was a existent fun final result for the village. Maybe adjacent twelvemonth a few to a greater extent than foreigners powerfulness plow upwardly together with cause got a look, I hope to promote the dates if I bespeak heed virtually it!

 but in that location are many pocket-sized communities inwards Phuket together with shout upwardly that Phuket was non ever thus Bangkok Thailand Map; The Second Kathu Village Culture Festival

Costumes ranged from elaborate Chinese opera amongst lots of brand upwardly to simpler onetime vogue clothes for the ladies of the hamlet together with youngsters dressed every bit miners.

 but in that location are many pocket-sized communities inwards Phuket together with shout upwardly that Phuket was non ever thus Bangkok Thailand Map; The Second Kathu Village Culture Festival

 but in that location are many pocket-sized communities inwards Phuket together with shout upwardly that Phuket was non ever thus Bangkok Thailand Map; The Second Kathu Village Culture Festival

At the caput of the procession (after a motion painting of the King) were of import local dignitaries similar the mayor together with local authorities representatives together with a swathe of older hamlet ladies. Those watching were giving out a lot of wais together with Sawadees!

 but in that location are many pocket-sized communities inwards Phuket together with shout upwardly that Phuket was non ever thus Bangkok Thailand Map; The Second Kathu Village Culture Festival

 but in that location are many pocket-sized communities inwards Phuket together with shout upwardly that Phuket was non ever thus Bangkok Thailand Map; The Second Kathu Village Culture Festival

By the way, in that location are to a greater extent than photos of this festival on Flickr: Kathu Village Festival 2010 together with I volition in all probability acquire roughly to adding to a greater extent than to that page. I ever experience a motion painting is worth to a greater extent than than words. Colours, faces, smiles, hell y'all tin almost bespeak heed the music together with odor the nutrient beingness cooked at the street stalls. The hamlet was total of stalls selling food, clothes, fine art together with more. There were several pocket-sized stages inwards the hamlet amongst music beingness played together with a large phase exterior the wellness middle where they had some performances inwards the evenings that I did non meet - volition endeavor to meet some adjacent year.

 but in that location are many pocket-sized communities inwards Phuket together with shout upwardly that Phuket was non ever thus Bangkok Thailand Map; The Second Kathu Village Culture Festival

Went along on Sabbatum too, this fourth dimension amongst the family. No street procession - this was alone on Friday, but in that location were plenty of people around. Food stalls were selling chicken, rice dishes, noodles, salads... I had a plate of wing-bean salad (Yam Tua Pu), constitute some chicken together with fries for the kids (ah yes, non absolutely 100% everything has to live on "traditional"!), together with then nosotros took a long walk through the hamlet together with back.

 but in that location are many pocket-sized communities inwards Phuket together with shout upwardly that Phuket was non ever thus Bangkok Thailand Map; The Second Kathu Village Culture Festival

Down a side street nosotros constitute a swell piffling demonstration of onetime tin mining techniques. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 raised wooden sluice box was carrying H2O to a puddle where ladies were working amongst pans. Must cause got taken a spell to build. I reckon this guy powerfulness live on onetime plenty to cause got worked every bit a tin miner inwards the past...

 but in that location are many pocket-sized communities inwards Phuket together with shout upwardly that Phuket was non ever thus Bangkok Thailand Map; The Second Kathu Village Culture Festival

He was on the sluice box which was meant to trap heavy particles of tin ore spell washing H2O together with other lighter stuff along. Looked similar he knew what he was doing. There was a fair crowd of locals watching. They did non cause got this final twelvemonth thus I think people were keen to meet it together with acquire something virtually the history of their habitation town. To notice out to a greater extent than y'all tin see the Phuket Tin Mining Museum.

 but in that location are many pocket-sized communities inwards Phuket together with shout upwardly that Phuket was non ever thus Bangkok Thailand Map; The Second Kathu Village Culture Festival

Meanwhile the ladies were panning for tin inwards the water, looking for smaller remainder non caught past times the sluice... of course of didactics this was a show, a demonstration, but they did seem to live on taking it quite seriously!

 but in that location are many pocket-sized communities inwards Phuket together with shout upwardly that Phuket was non ever thus Bangkok Thailand Map; The Second Kathu Village Culture Festival

I took the chance to snap a few portraits of local people every bit good every bit the festival. Everyone was happy. This is our local area.. nosotros alive virtually a mile from the street where the procession took place. Sometimes I wonder if the local people are happy to proceed these events quiet, don't desire besides many tourists! The publicity is minimal.. it was mentioned on 1 Phuket tidings website, I did bring upwardly it a duo of times on Facebook together with Twitter... together with I did meet 1 sign upwardly at the entrance to Kathu hamlet for a few weeks prior to the event, but it's pocket-sized wonder I alone saw a few other foreigners there. You cause got to proceed your ears to the Earth to notice out virtually these things.

 but in that location are many pocket-sized communities inwards Phuket together with shout upwardly that Phuket was non ever thus Bangkok Thailand Map; The Second Kathu Village Culture Festival

Map of Kathu Area:


View Kathu Village Phuket inwards a larger map

More photos from the Kathu hamlet festival here of the Chinese Shrine together with the hamlet at festival time, together with here of the primary processions.
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