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Wax-sculpture contest is a cultural drawcard

posted Jul 29, 2011, 8:30 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Jul 29, 2011, 8:33 PM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
The 6th International Wax Sculpture Exhibition continues until Sunday at the National Museum in Ubon Ratchathani.

Organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in tandem with the provincial authorities, the theme for this year's event, "Sustain Heart, Sustain World", was chosen to reflect the significance of both culture and nature in shaping humanity and the world.

Held as part of the annual International Candle Festival in this northeastern province, which features a procession of traditional carved beeswax candles and usually attracts more than 200,000 visitors, this year's exhibition features more contemporary elements than previously in an effort to attract younger visitors and boost its appeal to foreign tourists. The highlight was a wax-sculpture contest which attracted more than 80 applications. Only eight people _ one each from Japan, Nepal, Belgium, France, Ukraine, Latvia, Brazil and Thailand _ qualified for the finals. Each was provided with three large blocks of wax, wire for the frame and all the other tools needed to create a sculpture from scratch.

Other attractions in Ubon Ratchathani, which lies 630km northeast of Bangkok, include the Soi Sawan and Huai Pok waterfalls, the forest of Dong Na Tham and the Sao Chaliang rock pillars.

Source: BKP