Image of a Thai folding book (CBL Thi 1314) after conservation.

In Focus Tour

Buddha’s birthday and Vesak Festival

On 7 May 2020, many Buddhists around the world will observe the Vesak Festival or Buddha Day. Here, Laura Muldowney, curator of our recent Thai Buddhist Tales exhibition, introduces the festival with reference to our beautiful Thai manuscripts.


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Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92