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  • LIFESTYLE

    Worthy of the enlightened

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 15/11/2017

    » The royal cremation for King Bhumibol Adulyadej last month was a moment of historic importance. Nonetheless, another important task relating to the ceremony is still under way.

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    Performing arts for the royal funeral

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 23/10/2017

    » On the grounds of Sanam Luang this Thursday, dancers will dance, puppeteers will weave their magic and singers will croon sad songs. This is the time of mourning, but there is a centuries-old tradition of the royal court to host festivities on the occasion of a royal funeral. A wide range of majestic performances will grace the stages from 6pm on the royal cremation day until early the following morning.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Heavenly rides

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 05/08/2017

    » Like a journey through clouds towards heaven, marvellous royal chariots and vehicles will be moving smoothly and gracefully around the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang in a stunning procession for the royal funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 26. Amid great sorrow and mourning, everyone will be mesmerised by the grandeur of the royal ceremonies befitting the great king.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A beautiful responsibility

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 05/06/2017

    » Immediately after the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 13 last year, a team of Fine Arts Department architectural specialists began their work to design the royal crematorium. Kokiart Thongphud -- known as the trusted right-hand man of the late architect Arwut Ngernchuklin, who designed several previous royal crematoriums -- knew that the responsibility would fall on his shoulders. That night his brain began to whirl, his hands skilfully moving the pencil, rulers and paper, his eyes focusing on the details.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Carving out history

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 27/03/2017

    » Their skilful hands focused on art pieces they were creating, and their eyes were locked on the details. Their hearts, apparently, were with HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on Oct 13 last year. At the Fine Arts Department's Office of Traditional Arts in Nakhon Pathom, two groups of 20 men and women from all walks of life brought out their best during a recent audition where the office recruited volunteers to help official artisans build a royal urn and coffin and sculpt statues for decorating the royal crematorium.

  • TRAVEL

    Visakha Bucha Nationwide

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 19/05/2016

    » Tomorrow, Buddhists across Thailand will celebrate Visakha Bucha Day, which marks the Full Moon days of the sixth lunar month when the Lord Buddha was born, became enlightened and left this world for nirvana about 2,600 years ago. Here are some of the big celebrations on the list.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Culture on a string

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 29/10/2014

    » While the epic Ramakien is told through nang talung, the art of shadow puppetry from southern Thailand, a shadow puppet from Hamburg, Germany, will portray a child waking up in the middle of the night.

  • TRAVEL

    The royal chariot awaits

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 25/09/2014

    » Stepping into a studio at the Office of Traditional Arts in Nakhon Pathom, I was immediately in awe of the exquisite beauty of the two glittering golden chariots that were being repaired for the royal cremation of the late Supreme Patriarch.

  • TRAVEL

    A place of royal vessels

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 07/08/2014

    » This popular verse of an ancient Thai poem on the royal barge procession crosses our mind when we step into the National Museum of Royal Barges in Thon Buri and see a royal barge with the figurehead of a mythical swan. The Suphannahong Royal Barge is one of the eight stunning royal barges on display along with objects used in the procession.

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