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Thailand Tattoo Festival

The Thailand Tattoo Festival or Wai Khru (‘honour the teacher’) ceremony at the temple of Wat Bang Phra in Nakhon Chaisri, 50 kms from Bangkok. The event draws thousands of people including those who make their living as policemen, soldiers and members of Thailand’s underworld. They gather each year to receive new, protective tattoos and renew the potency of existing ones, based on Buddhist text, mythical creatures and numerology charts.