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    The flora of Laos

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 13/09/2018

    » Located on the west side of the Mekong River opposite the Lao heritage town Luang Prabang is Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden. Opened around a year ago, the garden collects Lao plant species with the aim to conserve Laos' rich biodiversity and traditional ethnobotanical knowledge. It showcases a series of ethnobotanical gardens as well as clusters of ginger, orchids, ferns, bamboo and palms around the base of the Pha Tad Ke cliff overlooking the river.

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    A new library for new times

    Life, Suchit Leesa-nguansuk, Published on 16/05/2018

    » Sometimes a library does spell boredom. But what about one with a view of a huge football stadium, cooking classes, a maker space, automatic lockers for retrieving books at your convenience and an online e-book catalogue? Sound like fun?

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    The invisible borders

    Life, Published on 26/03/2018

    » In Chiang Mai, a mammoth exhibition has come to town. "Diaspora: Exit, Exile, Exodus Of Southeast Asia", currently on display at the MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, brings to viewers the different facets and implications of migratory movements in and out of the region since the Vietnam War, all the way to the current crisis concerning the Rohingya.

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    Hijab-wearing metal group defies stereotypes in Indonesia

    Life, Published on 31/05/2017

    » Their heads covered with Islamic headscarves, the three members of the Indonesian band VoB (Voice of Baceprot, or Noisy Voice) do not look like your typical heavy-metal group.

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    Timeless classics

    Life, Published on 24/05/2016

    » Going to the movies in 21st century Myanmar is an experience little changed from the last century. With a majority of the country's cinema screens still located in stand-alone movie theatres built between the late 1940s and early 1960s, Myanmar has become a movie-going anomaly among its Asean neighbours, one of the many unintended consequences of decades of economic isolation. But judging by the business model of the country's biggest cinema chain, it's an anomaly worth preserving.

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    Cambodia’s new cultural jewel

    Life, New York Times, Published on 28/01/2016

    » The giant mural in the foyer depicting a smiling stone face offers a mere taste of the grandiosity within the new Angkor Panorama Museum here. Inside, a 360-degree painted vista covers an area the size of nearly four basketball courts. Over 45,000 figures populate this cyclorama, a depiction of 12th century Angkorian history.

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    Finding dhamma in Yangon

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 21/05/2015

    » Although Myanmar has opened itself up to tourism for almost two decades, the old capital city Yangon and its suburbs can still boast largely unexplored Buddhist art and culture.

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    Singapore's smart nation

    Life, Sasiwimon Boonruang, Published on 29/04/2015

    » As increased urban density and an ageing population are becoming common issues around the world. Singapore, widely considered a world leader in planning and population management, is moving ahead with its plans to become the world's first Smart Nation.

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