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          In every summers or late cool seasons when the wind delightfully blows, Thai skies are always painted with colorful kites. In the evening of the days, kites are wheeling and weaving freely in the air over the cities of the kingdom.

 
 

 
 
          Kite is popular in Thailand since Sukhothai period. Puk Pao and Chula kites were created in Ayuthaya period and they were used as a war trick. Later, kite flying became a famous sport and art. King Rama V is one of skillful kite flyers who permitted Thai people to use Sanam Luang Royal Ground for kite flying.
 
 
 
    The Kite Fighting Game  
 
Pakpao VS. Chula
          Kite fighting game is a fight between Pakpao & Chula kites, first appeared in Ayutthaya period. It requires great skill and wily tactics of the fliers. The competitive kites are made of bamboo structure and 'Sa' paper.
 
 
 
 
The Fighters
 
 

           Pakpao is a small diamond-shaped kite, made of 'Sa' paper. It requires 5 fliers per team.

          Chula is bigger (wide about 8 feet), made of 'Sa' paper and equipped with 3 sets of bamboo barbs attached to the string. It has distinctive five-pointed star shape, requires 20 fliers in a team.

 
    The rules  
 

2 Pakpao teams : 1 Chula team
          
Divide the field with a rope. The upwind territory belongs to Chula team. The downwind territory belongs to Pakpao teams. Launch Chula kite across the boundary into the downwind area of flutter Pakpaos.

          The object of the game is to see how many Pakpaos that Chula can bring down into its territory, or vice versa, in a 45 minutes period.

 
     
 

          Kite flying can be easily witnessed in front of the gilded spires and soaring roofs of the Grand Palace at Sanam Luang, in February and April.

          Nowadays, kites were designed in different styles and shapes, such as snakes, cartoons, butterflies, birds, airplanes, and so on. It is still popular for all families.

 
     
 
 
 
 

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