Wai Kru Magic Tattoo Festival

For those in search of the slightly chaotic and the weird yet wonderful, Wai Kru Magic Tattoo Festival is sure to be a hit.

Arts & Craft | Culture & Heritage | Faith & Spirituality


Every year, thousands of Buddhist monks gather at the Wat Bang Phra to apply traditional tattoos to anyone who wants them.

It is said that these Sak Yant tattoos have the supernatural power to bring protection and luck, however, these powers wear off over time – requiring them to be re-blessed once a year at Wai Kru Festival. In an amazing spectacle, thousands gather to have their powers renewed, many experiencing a strange trance-like state as the energy of the festival builds. After this, monks lead the crowds into prayer, completing the renewal process.