Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Thailand's Tuk Tuk wins first prize in the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, Japan

A team of Thai ice sculptors won the first prize with their sculpture entitled “The Ubiquitous Tuk Tuk” at the 42nd International Snow Sculpture Contest 2015, held as part of the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, Japan.

The creators of Thailand’s Tuk Tuk snow sculpture were three renowned Thai ice sculptors: Kusol Bunkobsongserm, Kritsana Wongtes and Amnoaysak Srisuk.

They were among the 36 professional sculptors who participated in this year's festival. The other foreign sculptors were from Australia, South Korea, Finland, the United States (Hawaii and Portland), Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, and Singapore.

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The snow sculpture contest was held from February 4 to 8 at the International Square in Sapporo.

Sugree Sithivanich, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications of TAT said: “The Tuk Tuk snow sculpture attracted a lot of attention from both Japanese and foreign visitors, all happily called out the word “Tuk Tuk” upon seeing the blueprint placed in front of the contest area."

He added: "We appreciate our sculptors for presenting one of the evocative elements of Thai culture to the global stage in a new memorable presentation, as a way to invite tourists to Discover Thainess by experiencing the fun of touring the city in a Tuk-Tuk.”


The Ubiquitous Tuk-Tuk is a snow sculpture of 3 meters wide, 3 meters high and 3 meters in depth.

It was created under the concept that the “Tuk-Tuk is a symbol of Thai ingenuity and artistry, and one of the most popular transports for tourists to experience joy and fun.”



This was the sixth top consecutive award for Thailand. The first was in 2000, followed by three consecutive years of winning from 2008-2010. The previous win was in 2013.

Mr. Sugree added, “This participation in the Sapporo snow contest is part of Thailand’s plan to promote the “2015 Discover Thainess” campaign in Japan to attract more Japanese travellers to Thailand.

For Hokkaido, we are reiterating the awareness on Thailand as a destination by showing off some unique elements of Thai culture, including showcasing the elaborate snow sculpture of the Tuk-Tuk in Sapporo and another beautiful snow sculpture of the Thai elephant in Monbetsu.”

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