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    A farewell to a memorable palace

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 10/07/2018

    » To bid farewell to Bang Khun Phrom Palace before its closure, hundreds of Thais queued and waited eagerly for one last visit to the handsome palace every Saturday morning throughout last month. The palace was once home to Marshal-Admiral Prince Paribatra Sukhumbhand of Nagor Svarga (1881-1944), and later served as a public museum under the supervision of the Bank of Thailand.


    Construction destruction

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Problems commonly faced by Bangkokians living in small alleys in Bangkok include the lack of footpaths, danger and vibration caused by running lorries and big buses, and the mushrooming of high-rise buildings. To me and my relatives, we encounter most of these problems.


    Close to nature

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 21/06/2018

    » Prachuap Khiri Khan province is well-known for its beautiful resort town Hua Hin and many natural attractions, including two national parks. The Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is home to the famous Phraya Nakhon Cave visited by King Rama V, but not many people know Klong Khao Daeng, a nature-study area with the breathtaking views of limestone mountains and mangrove forests.


    Exploring Sendai in festival

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 20/06/2018

    » Japan-loving Thais should not miss the Toyotsu Japan Festival 2018, a Japanese lifestyle and food festival, which will be held from June 29 until July 1, 10am-9pm, at Royal Paragon Hall on the 5th floor of Siam Paragon.


    Concerts for a princess

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 30/05/2018

    » To remember HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana and her support for classical music in Thailand, the Ministry of Culture's Department of Cultural Promotion in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo), Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, and the Fund for Classical Music Promotion will host a series of concerts and Thai cultural performances at various venues in Geneva, Switzerland, during June 4-10.


    When photos were works of art

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 28/05/2018

    » Modern technology allows people to capture a dozen pictures per second with a smartphone. In the 19th century, one single photograph on collodion wet plate required an hour of setting up, and for the subject to pose, a process of artistic endeavour unthinkable to the instant generation.


    A land steeped in history

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 24/05/2018

    » Ketsurang, an archaeologist, miraculously travels back in time from the present day to the reign of the Ayutthaya Kingdom's King Narai the Great (1656-1688). She enjoys the traditional way of life and the beauty of many places in Ayutthaya and Lop Buri.


    Jazz on the beach

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 18/05/2018

    » Today and tomorrow, music lovers should not miss the opportunity to enjoy the "Hua Hin International Jazz Festival 2018: Open To The New Shades" on Hua Hin beach, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, from 5pm-midnight. Entry is free.


    Preserving history

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 30/04/2018

    » Ruins and ancient sites are always under threat from time and disaster. The great flood of 2011, for instance, damaged 128 archeological sites on and around the city island of Ayutthaya. After the incident, the government provided a budget of 600 million baht for the clean-up and restoration work, and there was also financial and technical aid from Unesco, as well as certain foreign countries.


    Exploring Thailand in one day

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 26/04/2018

    » Thirty-six years ago, the 10-year-old me felt excited to see the replicas of more than 100 historic monuments, life-sized and smaller, in one place. Many other Thai students must feel the same since one of the must-sees on any school study trip is Muang Boran (Ancient Siam) in Samut Prakan province. Nowadays, Muang Boran has become a Thai art and culture learning centre and also a popular setting for the filming of TV series and movies.

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