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    Raising the yellow flag

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 30/09/2014

    » The sky above Chinatown is blocked by a dense layer of yellow flags and lanterns and banners; the air heavy with grease from industrial-sized frying pans. Navigating Yaowarat with any form of transportation, on foot or on a bus, during the past week has been more chaotic than ever. The annual Vegetarian Festival, which ends on Thursday, is celebrated not by just believers, young and old, in white and in every other colour, but also by the media and sponsors ranging from banks to amusement parks.

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    Keeping the faith: No stopping Nana clan

    News, Published on 17/02/2018

    » Ever wondered why there's a BTS Skytrain station called Nana? What about Sukhumvit Soi 4 going by the same moniker? Meanwhile, foreign tourists like to be shocked by Nana Plaza, one of the most famous red-light districts in Bangkok that adopts the same family's name.

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    The purveyors of Islam

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 30/06/2015

    » At the age of 12, after finishing Prathom 6, Shakireen Malilee left normal education to study to become a hafiz. Originally from Prachuap Khiri Khan, he moved to an Islamic boarding school in Min Buri, a Bangkok suburb, and devoted himself to the ancient art of memorising the Koran. Every day for eight hours, Shakireen recited from Islamic holy scripture and committed each word, each verse, each page, each chapter into his young brain. After four years, he had memorises the entire book, roughly equivalent of memorising every single word of a 500-page tome. At 16, he achieved the rare honour of being called a hafiz.

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    Old names for a new sensation

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 10/07/2016

    » When a popular food or way of eating remains a favourite over time, it lodges deep in people's memories. Even if the food in its original form changes or disappears completely, new ones that come in to replace it will often be referred to by the famous old name.

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    Retro grade

    Life, Pattramon Sukprasert, Published on 09/12/2015

    » Charoen Krung Road, Thailand's first road completed in 1864, was once a hub of prosperity, rich with money, culture and diversity. Now in 2015, the road that runs past the Old City, along the river all the way to Thanon Tok, has enjoyed an urban revival. Once home to expats, embassies, religious and ethnic communities and shophouses, the road and its many sois have now been enlivened by a younger vibe, from Maitri Chit Road near Yaowarat (Chinatown) to the galleries in mid-Charoen Krung.

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    Structures of the overlooked

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 06/05/2015

    » In the exhibition "Subcutaneous Infrastructure" at Bridge Art Space, a set of plaster sculptures by Natee Tubtimthong and those made of metal wire with found objects by Wisut Yimprasert don't clash, but complement one another with smooth cohesion.

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    Taxi OK, Taxi VIP apps to launch on Nov 9

    Published on 29/09/2017

    » The Transport Ministry will launch two new taxi apps and services on Nov 9, Taxi OK and Taxi VIP, in which the vehicles will all be fitted with GPS devices, with the intention to enrol 40,000 drivers in the greater Bangkok area this year.

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    It's all in the stars

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 08/12/2017

    » Months of kitchen rumours, speculations from experts and chef anxieties are finally over.

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    Cinema scope

    Life, Published on 12/07/2016

    » Decades have passed since the residents of Bang Rak have been able to count a proper cinema in their vicinity. The tight-knit neighbourhood -- sited near the river and the financial downtown of Silom -- is known for its kaleidoscopic mix of architecture, mom-and-pop businesses and narrow streets, and the district was once home to several stand-alone cinemas all within walking distance of each other. Over the years, those cinemas went out of business as Bangkok expanded to the north and east, and disinvestment gradually drained the old-fashioned district of some vitality.

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    Still Songkran-crazy

    News, Prangthong Jitcharoenkul, Published on 16/04/2016

    » There was no let-up in the action on the last day of Songkran on Friday, and across the country water was still being thrown about with abandon as Thais and visitors tried to forget the worries of drought days ahead.

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