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BMA opens 30 parks for Loy Krathong


City Hall will open 30 public parks for Loy Krathong festival-goers on Nov 14, while playing with fireworks and releasing air-borne lanterns are banned across the city as usual.

The 30 designated parks will be open until midnight. Among them are Lum Pini in Pathuwan district; Chatuchak and Wachirabenjathat (also known as Suan Rotfai) in Chatuchak; and Romaneenart, Saranrom and Santi Chai Prakan in Phra Nakhon. Queen Sirikit and Suan Luang Rama IX public parks are declared off limits during the festival.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) Department of Environment director Suwanna Jungrungrueng said officials would be placed at different spots along the Chao Phraya river to collect krathongs, covering a distance of 34 kilometres from Rama VII Bridge to Wat Yothin Pradit in Bang Na district.

Mrs Suwanna urged people to use krathongs made of natural, biodegradable materials and release a limit of two krathong for the whole family to help reduce the number of floats to be collected.

Last year, the BMA collected from the Chao Phraya River 825,614 krathongs, 71,027 (8.6%) of which were made from foam.

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