Monkey Buffet Festival

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The Monkey Buffet Festival is held annually in Thailand to promote tourism.[1] In 2007, the festival included giving fruits and vegetables to the local monkey population of 2,000 in Lopburi province north of Bangkok.[2]

The festival was described as one of the strangest festivals by London's The Guardian newspaper along with Spain's baby-jumping festival.[3] A photograph from the Monkey Buffet Festival at Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi Province shows a monkey trying to get at fresh fruit and vegetable captured in blocks of ice.[4]


  1. ^ Tourism festival extremely fruitful for monkeys November 29, 1999 New Straits Times
  2. ^ Monkey Business Nov 26, 2007 November 26, 2007 Edition 1 World briefs The Star
  3. ^ Lyndsey Turner From Glastonbury to tomato pelting: the festival season offers a chance to look at cultural pursuits 24 June 2008 The Guardian
  4. ^ Sukree Sukplangphotograph Reuters