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Phuket’s main offices close for Chakri Day

PHUKET: Important government offices across Phuket are closed today (April 6) as the nation celebrates Chakri Memorial Day (Wan Chakri).

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 6 April 2016, 09:35AM


All government offices and most businesses across Phuket are closed today (April 6) to honour the public holiday Chakri Day, marking the founding of the Chakri dynasty. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

All government offices and most businesses across Phuket are closed today (April 6) to honour the public holiday Chakri Day, marking the founding of the Chakri dynasty. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

Officially known as King Phutthayotfa Chulalok the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day, the holiday commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King Phutthayotfa Chulalok in 1782.

To honour the holiday, all government offices are closed, including Phuket Immigration Office, the Employment Offices, the Land Transport Office and District Offices are all closed today.

All main bank branches are closed, but branches in shopping centres remain open.

All Royal Thai Police and Tourist Police stations remain open and some local consulates remain open to serve their respective citizens.

Unlike last year, alcohol sales in Phuket is allowed today.

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“The sale of alcohol is permitted on Chakri Day. It is a Royal holiday, but not a Buddhist holiday,” Phuket Provincial Police Commander Col Teeraphol Thipjaroen told The Phuket News.

“I’m not sure what happened last year, maybe alcohol sales was banned as part of a campaign... Police sometimes ask people to refrain from drinking or selling alcohol on auspicious days, but the sale of alcohol is banned on only five days as required by law,” he added.

According to to an announcement by the Prime Minister’s Office on January 22, 2015, the sale of alcohol is prohibited on five specific religious days: Makha Bucha, Visakha Bucha, Asanha Bucha Day, Khao Pansa and Wan Org Pansa days. (See story here.)

 

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Kurt | 06 April 2016 - 10:31:32

Would have been nice to have red this info a few days prior today. 
Anyway, about alcohol sales, it is clear now that such is ok.

The statement of the Phuket police commander that he doesn't know why last year there was a alcohol sales ban is funny.
Is he not the authority nr 1 to know?  ( without may be's)

May be I can help him out.  May be the Phuket police was forcing this ban l...

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