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City of Angels: A Visual Journey Through Bangkok Festivals

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Photographer Adryel Talamantes takes his camera around Bangkok festivals to turn his lens on the intense spiritual side of Asia’s most visited city.

The Great Monkey Temple Feast of Lopburi

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Just a short train ride away from Bangkok, there is a temple run by monkeys. Every year, the locals of and travelers to Lopburi put on a feast for the cheeky macaques of Prasat Sam Yot.

Trading Rockets for Rain in Yasothon

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To end the dry season, people gather to celebrate in Yasothon to drink, sing, and fire powerful handmade rockets into the heavens for the god Phaya Thaen to send the rains. It works.

Downtown Bangkok’s Hidden Chinese Opera

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Surrounded by alleys of old car parts and streets stained with motor oil, Bangkok’s Yaowarat plays host to Chinese opera, a cultural event that reaches back to Thailand’s ties to the Middle Kingdom.