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    Temple tourism resurges after flood

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 09/02/2012

    » At weekends, Wat Phananchoeng Worawihan in Ayutthaya province is still crowded with Thai and foreign worshippers and tourists all day after last year's big flood. Hundreds of people were spotted paying respect to the presiding Buddha statue, Phra Buddhatrairattananayok, during the half an hour we spent there on a recent trip. The situation was similar at eight other temples in Ayutthaya and two neighbouring provinces we visited. Visiting temples in flood-hit areas is an opportunity for us to learn how many temples coped with the disaster and why a few were spared by the floodwater.

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    Fruit fair in Samut Songkhram

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 30/03/2012

    » Lychees from Samut Songkhram province are so sweet and famous that they are called "great lychees". The most popular strain is khom, which bears sweet, crunchy heart-shaped fruit covered with a dark red peel, according to Angkhana Poomphaka, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Samut Songkhram office.

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    Learning history in a funway

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 17/05/2012

    » Visiting historical parks and museums may well have been boring in the past. Well, not any more. Visitors cannot only look at ruins of palaces and temples or ancient artefacts, but they can also have fun learning about the history from well-trained guides and multimedia presentations, share opinions, ask questions, and grasp what the old sites were like in ancient times.

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    Fading into history

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 28/06/2012

    » Bangkok was once home to many artisan communities, each known for a particular art or craft, but there's been a sharp decline in the number of such neighbourhoods lately.

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    Architectural Treasures

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 23/08/2012

    » The southern province of Trang is a centuries-old port city with stunning natural attractions and diverse culture. It has a multi-cultural population made up of Thai, Malay and Hokkien Chinese.

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    Down the culture trail

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 04/10/2012

    » Sometimes, good things are just under your nose. Quite a few people travel far to visit cultural sites without knowing much about their hometowns. For a few Thais, Stonehenge in Britain is better known as a pre-historic site than Ban Chiang in Udon Thani. Many have no idea that the Central Plains of Thailand is home to all ages of culture, from the pre-historic period to the Rattanakosin period.

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    Museum of local wisdom

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 06/12/2012

    » A group of culture enthusiasts studied the gable of the prayer hall to see Chinese-influenced cotton rose motifs, and later worshipped the ordination hall's Sukhothai-style principal Buddha. But their trip to Wat Nang Ratchaworawihan in Thon Buri's Chom Thong district was not complete without visiting its museum on local ways of life.

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    Links forged in faith

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 04/04/2013

    » Buddhists in Sri Lanka are preparing to mark the 260th anniversary of a milestone in their history: the arrival on their shores of a high-level delegation, dispatched by the king of Ayutthaya, which was to play a key role in reviving the monkhood in their country.

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    Where past and present co-exist

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 09/05/2013

    » It is one of the capital's oldest districts, but mention its name to a foreign visitor and the first association will likely be with the bustling backpacker belt centred on Khao San Road. But to native Bangkokians and long-time residents, a reference to Bang Lamphu may summon up the gleaming-white image of Phra Sumen Fort, its crenellated ramparts dominating the Chao Phraya River and the approaches to Thon Buri, or make them long for Phra Arthit Road and its artsy little cafes or nostalgic for the time they first explored these winding streets and alleyways back when they were students at nearby Thammasat and Silpakorn universities.

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    Portal to the past

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 20/06/2013

    » To city folk, who prize it as place to buy fabric, garments and other goods at bargain prices, its name is now synonymous with what tourists call Chinatown, but Sampheng was once the bustling heart of this capital of ours, an important port and trading hub with a cosmopolitan tolerance for all faiths which, in addition to temples and shrines for Buddhists of different schools, also accommodated places of worship for Muslims.

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