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   Damnoen Saduak's parking tout

 

Thailand

The floating market of Damnoen Saduak (fig.) long had a Santa Claus-like figure wearing a traditional Thai farmer's hat, dark sunglasses, a necklace with some amulets, and a single white glove, standing along the main entrance road saluting cars passing by and touting visitors to park their vehicles and take a canal tour from the nearby Chanta Suwannoh (จันทสุวรรณโณ) wharf, in an area known as Thung Setthi (ทุ่งเศรษฐี). With his long white beard, rare with Thai people, he was the first noticeable welcome sign for visitors. This iconic figure was such an attraction, that when he finally passed away, he was replaced with a large cardboard cutout standee greeting all visitors in perpetuation.

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