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The back of the band-shell Buddha shrine where the monks sat throughout the ceremony is now nearly abandoned, and give the appearance of a giant extra-terrestrial flying saucer or observatory.

 

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One last lantern for the road – 3 monks have some fun and celebrate the end of Yi Peng launching a lantern together.

 

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Marianne doing what she does best – being cute – as shooting star lanterns take off behind her.

 

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Ian, doing what he does best – pretending to be cool – as we prepare to leave the festival grounds.

 

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While leaving, we passed a small pond, where people had lit their Loy Krathong candles, to make merit during Yi Peng.

 

Even the photos in this MASSIVE photo essay could not do complete justice to the beauty one sees here. I would definitely add this to your travel bucket list, if you haven’t already!

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Moving constellations are formed and ever changing as we watch the thousands of beautiful lanterns fill the skies!