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Vegetarian Festival 2024 (Thailand)

October 2 - October 11

Thailand Vegetarian Festival (Thailand Jae Festival)

Vegetarian Festival 2024, officially known as Nine Emperor Gods Festival (九皇勝會 / เทศกาลกินเจ), will take place for 10 days from 2 – 11 October 2024. Starting from the eve to the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, devotees will observe a vegetarian diet as a form of body purification and a host of performances, processions and rituals will be held in commemoration of the event. The Taoist festival was brought into Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore by Chinese immigrants hundreds of years ago and has since been integrated into Thailand’s culture. It is celebrated across various parts of the country, notably in Phuket and Bangkok.



Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2024

Religious and celebratory activities of the Jae Festival (as it is known in Thai) are the most intense in Phuket. To purify their souls, devotees participate in processions with piercings through their mouths and walk over hot coals, on top of keeping a vegetarian diet during this period. These activities are held at over 30 Taoist shrines across the province, and these are some of the popular ones:

  • Jui Tui Shrine ศาลเจ้าจุ้ยตุ่ย 水碓斗母宮 [Map]
  • Kathu Shrine ศาลเจ้ากะทู้ 內杼斗母宮 [Map]
  • Kuan Tae Kun Shrine ศาลเจ้ากวนเต้กุ้น สะปำ [Map]
  • Lim Hu Tai Su Shrine ศาลเจ้าหลิมฮู้ไท้ซู่(สามกอง) [Map]
  • Yok Ke Keng Shrine ศาลเจ้ายกเค่เก้ง(ซอยพะเนียง) [Map]
  • Bang Neow Shrine อ๊ามบางเหนียว [Map]
  • Tha Rua Shrine ศาลเจ้าท่าเรือ [Map]



Bangkok Vegetarian Festival 2024

The festival is celebrated mostly in Bangkok’s Chinatown, Yaowarat. Preparations will start as early as one week before the event where yellow banners and flags will be placed prominently in the precinct. Religious rituals and activities revolve around the Kwang Tung Shine located just opposite one of the MRT station’s exits.

  • Guangdong Shrine (Kuang Siew Association of Thailand) [Map]
    • ศาลเจ้ากวางตุ้ง (สมาคมกว๋องสิวประเทศไทย)
  • Nearest MRT station: (BL29) Wat Mangkon วัดมังกร


Shopping malls in Bangkok will hold food fairs throughout the festival, offering vegetarian and vegan dishes in a variety of international cuisines. One can find vegetarian food of various cuisines, ranging from Chinese, Thai, Western, to Halal at these major food fairs.


Watch this page for updates on the festival and events that will be held during this period.