Peter Walker Photographer

Temple Festival, Bangkok, Thailand
In the cool season, temple festivals bring people out for a night of fun, eating and making merit, even in suburban Bangkok.

Right alongside one of Bangkok's busiest expressways, a suburban temple holds a spectacular festival. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. Right alongside one of Bangkok's busiest expressways, a suburban temple holds a spectacular festival. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
Temple festivals collect a large amount of money to upkeep and extend the temple, here in the form of a money banner. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. Temple festivals collect a large amount of money to upkeep and extend the temple, here in the form of a money banner. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
This temple has a huge knife suspended over the walkway - a message to sinners? Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. This temple has a huge knife suspended over the walkway - a message to sinners? Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
Visitors come to the festival to gain merit by donating to the temple, in this case, applying small pieces of gold leaf to a Buddha image. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. Visitors come to the festival to gain merit by donating to the temple, in this case, applying small pieces of gold leaf to a Buddha image. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
A more bizarre activity at the festival is to write your blessing wish to a ghostly skeleton. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. A more bizarre activity at the festival is to write your blessing wish to a ghostly skeleton. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
A really bizarre activity at this temple festival is to lay down in a coffin covered in a sheet, to be resurrected by the blessing of a monk. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. A really bizarre activity at this temple festival is to lay down in a coffin covered in a sheet, to be resurrected by the blessing of a monk. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
Cash donations to the Temple Festival fashioned into model temple buildings. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. Cash donations to the Temple Festival fashioned into model temple buildings. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
Monks from other temples visit to help with the festival. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. Monks from other temples visit to help with the festival. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
The main entrance to the temple festival is lined with shops, restaurants and games. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. The main entrance to the temple festival is lined with shops, restaurants and games. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
Children love the rides at the temple festival. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. Children love the rides at the temple festival. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
The temple turtle pond reflects the festival lights. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. The temple turtle pond reflects the festival lights. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
For the temple festival, the entire complex is festooned in thousands of lights. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. For the temple festival, the entire complex is festooned in thousands of lights. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
Thailand's beautiful temples look even better, bedecked with lights for the festival. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. Thailand's beautiful temples look even better, bedecked with lights for the festival. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
During the temple festival, the surrounding land is filled with restaurants, games and shops. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. During the temple festival, the surrounding land is filled with restaurants, games and shops. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
Visiting monk from another temple photographs the splendour of the temple festival. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. Visiting monk from another temple photographs the splendour of the temple festival. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
The larger trees around the temple are filled with colourful lights. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. The larger trees around the temple are filled with colourful lights. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
A novice monk buys a sweet drink at the temple festival. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. A novice monk buys a sweet drink at the temple festival. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
Makeshift restaurants are popular at temple festivals. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. Makeshift restaurants are popular at temple festivals. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
An omelette chef shows his prowess with a burst of flames. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. An omelette chef shows his prowess with a burst of flames. Wat Bua Khwan, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.
A likay performance, a traditional form of Thai theatre, is popular at temple festivals. Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016. A likay performance, a traditional form of Thai theatre, is popular at temple festivals. Bangkok, Thailand, February 2016.