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  • LIFE

    A royal classic

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 18/02/2019

    » Clad in an elegant white suit, Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, the youngest daughter of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, was seen enthusiastically monitoring rehearsals by the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) prior to last Friday’s Romantic Variations, the 2019 opening season concert in honour of HM the King. Entrusted by her royal father to oversee the Royal Patronage of the RBSO Foundation since last year, her tireless efforts ensure that RBSO is progressing towards excellence and a world-class reputation.

  • THAILAND

    A place of gold

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 11/10/2018

    » When people talk about Prachuap Khiri Khan, they mostly think about Hua Hin, the century-old resort town with the 5km-long sandy beach, or the famous Phraya Nakhon Cave in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. Not many are interested in the Bang Saphan and Thap Sakae districts, which have been promoting community tourism. Bang Saphan has long been well-known for gold ore and black rattan basketry, while Thap Sakae is home to pristine beaches, waterfalls and forests.

  • TRAVEL

    New look for old

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 01/02/2018

    » Stepping into four of all the 14 galleries in the National Museum Bangkok, visitors will now be enjoyably surprised and greeted by the modern-style lighting and display of exquisite Thai musical instruments, khon masks, puppets, weaponry, metal art and fabrics dating back to the Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin periods.

  • OPINION

    Internet afterlives

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 15/01/2018

    » Time flies. Things change and more people around me leave this world year after year. Since the start of the New Year, I have been feeling down because birthday reminders and "Like" notifications have been popping up on the Facebook and Instagram pages of my deceased friends. Though some of these "friends" were just co-workers, and some others distant relatives who had never met me in person, I felt uncomfortable with such untimely reminders.

  • TRAVEL

    Full Moon Festival

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 02/11/2017

    » One of Thailand's most popular festivals, Loy Krathong, will be celebrated from tomorrow. This year, the Full Moon of the 12th lunar month falls on Nov 3.

  • LIFE

    A prince's life and love

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 05/09/2017

    » The biographical book Katya & The Prince Of Siam, published for the first time in 1994, has been a source of knowledge and insight for Thai history buffs, and they have longed for more stories about a Siamese prince who fell in love with a Russian woman before their marriage ended sadly over a century ago. The wait is over with the recent launch of the first comprehensive exhibition and a new book on the prince's life and work.

  • LIFE

    When Siam met Russia

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 26/07/2017

    » 'Duty And Passion: The Life And Times Of Prince Chakrabongse" is an exhibition of historical correspondence based on the royal letters of King Chulalongkorn and one of his sons, Prince Chakrabongse. A rare chance to view important artefacts from the late 19th century, the show is being held until the end of September at the Police Museum -- formerly Chitralada Villa -- which was the home of Prince Chakrabongse.

  • LIFE

    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.

  • TRAVEL

    Pre-Thai New Year Celebrations

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 06/04/2017

    » Songkran is a centuries-old festival that marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year and is a joyful event in which Thais sprinkle scented water on one another.

  • TRAVEL

    Steampunk special

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 23/03/2017

    » Sometimes, people wish they could turn back the clock to the "good old days". Thus visiting ancient places and collecting antiques is trendy, especially in Thailand.

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