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LOY KRATONG & THE SUPERMOON

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Are you looking for the perfect place to take part in the Loy Kratong and view the “Supermoon”, look no further.

The biggest & brightest Moon since 1948 will be visible from our L’Appart Rooftop Bar & Restaurant.
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Traditionally in the evening of Loy Kratong, thousands of people go down to the nearest river to float their kratong, a small raft made from a banana palm and decorated with flowers, a candle and incense.

This year it gives us great pleasure to invite you to our own magnifique Loy Kratong celebrations at our pool, on the 9th floor where a special ceremony will be held to release your own kratong for good fortune and to pay homage to the Goddess of Water!

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And after the ceremony join us at L’Appart on the 32 floor to watch November’s Full Moon! Tonight’s night sky will be graced with the supermoon, the biggest and brightest moon since 1948.

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A magnifique moment not to be missed as the moon will not be this close to Earth any time before the year 2034!

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OPENING OF KOSTAR’S ART EXHIBITION ‘PARADOXES’ AT S GALLERY

On Wednesday 14 September 2016 from 5:30pm – 10pm, S Gallery at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit welcomes art lovers to a new exhibition, ‘Paradoxes’ by Kostar.

The solo exhibition is a showcase for the work of talented French artist, Kostar, whom was born in the 70’s in Paris. He became renowned in the 1990s for street art, painting walls on various surfaces such as trains, trucks, and subways in the USA, Europe, Asia. He also appeared on for TV shows, sports events and worked for well-known brands.

While based in Beijing, his artworks were exhibited in Chinese and French galleries. During this time his works began expressing humor and positive vibes, like his PSCIYL project: Put Some Color into Your Life.

Kostar has given urban art a whole new definition. This revolutionary artist moves us through dynamic images, and thought provoking phrases; he takes a leap of faith and chooses the path of passion and the unknown, rather than safety and conformity.

Kostar is constantly evolving with new materials such as neon, sculpture, photography and film.   What remains constant is his razor sharp wit and incisive humour.

At the opening night of the exhibition, guests will enjoy a welcome cocktail and light canapés in the lobby as our DJ creates an artistic atmosphere. Art lovers and VIP’s will then be invited to view Kostar’s works in S Gallery.Mr. William Haandrikman, General Manager of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, said recently, “Kostar’s work, his passion, and his art act as a mirror of society, giving us a glimpse of what is taboo and thoughts that dare not be verbalized. I am sure art lovers will be challenged and delighted by this distinctly contemporary work on show at S Gallery, the latest in our series of exhibitions showcasing emerging and established Thai and French artists.”

Kostar’s colorful urban art will be on show at S Gallery until 14 December 2016. 

For further information or reservations, please contact Martin Gerlier, MoonStar Fine Arts Advisors at 093 5826588 or e-mail: Martin.gerlier@gmail.com.

S Gallery – Lobby Level, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

S Gallery is open daily from 10 am. to 10 pm.

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Parks in Bangkok

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With the arrival of the cool season, it is time to spend a pleasant day in a beautiful park.

Just a few steps from Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, you will find Chuvit Garden, a small and well-manicured park.

Still in the center of Sukhumvit, you can also discover Benjasiri Park. With its 12 contemporary art sculptures, it is the perfect destination for lovers of contemporary art. Referred as Queen’s Park, it was opened to commemorate the fifth cycle birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit.

If you wish to chill out in a bigger park, Lumphini Park, is an inner city haven and offers many activities such as walking, jogging, paddle boats, cycling … You can even get the chance to see some water monitor lizards or take part to free open-air aerobic sessions.

Try one of these green destinations to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and connect with nature.

 

Chuvit Garden

Open to public daily from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m

Benjasiri Park

Located next to Phrom Phong BTS station

Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lumphini Park

Located next to Silom MRT station or Sala Daeng BTS station.

Open daily from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Loy Krathong in Bangkok

Loy Krathong in Bangkok

One of the most popular and beautiful annual festivals in Thailand, Loy Krathong, takes place on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, the 25th of November 2015. Lotus-shaped rafts are decorated with flowers, banana leaves and candles and launched on rivers, canals, lakes or pools.  Loy Krathong festival is held to thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha, for her bounty in providing water and to apologize for polluting it. According to tradition, this ritual also allows participants to float away their negative feelings and start a new year of good luck.

To mark the auspicious festival, Voilà!, our international gourmet restaurant, will host a special traditional Thai dinner buffet on November 25th featuring an array of dishes from the different regions of Thailand, and at a very special price for our LINE friends (@sofitelsukhumvit). After a magnifique dinner you can enjoy a romantic evening in Bangkok along Chao Phraya River, where thousands of people float their krathongs.

For more information, or reservation, call us on 02 126 9999 ext. Voila!

“REVEALED” BY SOFITEL, A PHOTO EXHIBITION OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST MODERN ARTISTS AT WORK

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Embark on a seven-month tour of Asia-Pacific with an exhibition of images curated by Pablo Picasso’s grandson, Olivier Widmaier Picasso. Launching at Sofitel Wanda Beijing and showing at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, one of the best Bangkok city hotels, for the first time in Asia-Pacific.

Showcasing the compelling photo of the intimate world’s greatest modern artists at work, including Dali, Picasso and van Dongen, come to discover how they revealed themselves to the photographer at S Gallery, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit.

Olivier Widmaier Picasso, grandson of Pablo Picasso and author of Picasso – Portrait Intime, has curated the exhibition, personally selecting 30 photographs from the archives of Paris Match, the famous French weekly magazine.

“Revealed” offers a glimpse behind the scenes of the artistic process as inspiration comes to life through expression and will be on exhibit in the following hotels in Asia-Pacific at:

 Sofitel Beijing Wanda – September 1, 2015 to September 20, 2015

 Sofitel Shanghai Hyland – October 13, 2015 to November 2, 2015

 Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich – November 13, 2015 to December 3, 2015

 Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit September 21 to December 5, 2015

 Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour – September 15 – October 23, 2015

 Sofitel Sydney Wentworth – December 14, 2015 –January 29, 2016

 Sofitel Melbourne on Collins – 8th February – March 29, 2016

Chairman & CEO of ACCORHotels Asia-Pacific, Mr. Michael Issenberg said that as an international ambassador of French elegance, Sofitel links its collection of addresses with culture, and collaborates with celebrated artists, writers and photographers.

Don’t miss the chance to see this exceptional collection of rare images on display at S Gallery, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit from September 21 to December 5, 2015.

S Gallery is open daily from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm.