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Thailand’s “Naga Fireballs” Sculpture Wins 1st Runner-up

Thailand’s “Naga Fireballs” Sculpture Wins 1st Runner-up

In an exciting conclusion to the 48th International Snow Sculpture Contest, Thailand’s ice sculpting team has been awarded the prestigious 1st runner-up position for their stunning rendition of the “Naga Fireballs.” The competition, held as part of the 74th Sapporo Snow Festival, saw teams from around the world showcasing their artistic talents in snow and ice.

The Thai team’s sculpture, a 3-meter-wide, 3-meter-high masterpiece, captured the essence of the Naga Fire phenomenon, a mystical event where fireballs reportedly rise from the Mekong River as an offering to Buddha. This depiction of Thai mythology and culture impressed the judges and earned the team well-deserved recognition.

Led by veteran ice sculptors Kusol Bunkobsongserm, Amnoaysak Srisuk, and Kritsana Wongtes, the Thai team’s entry showcased Thailand’s deep cultural heritage and artistic prowess. This year marked Thailand’s 24th participation in the contest since 1991, with previous victories in 2000, 2008-2010, 2013, and 2015.

The 74th Sapporo Snow Festival, which features a variety of snow and ice sculptures across three venues – Odori (main site), Susukino, and Tsudome, will continue until 11 February 2024. Visitors are invited to witness the beauty and creativity on display at this renowned winter festival.

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