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» To any regular art enthusiast, the mention of 19th century artists brings to mind European (especially French) masters like Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas. Asian artists rarely get any mention or recognition -- and unless you're Indonesian or Filipino, the names Raden Saleh Sjarif Boestaman (1811-1880) and Juan Luna y Novicio (1857-1899) would probably mean nothing to you.
» For over a century the 783 tamarind trees have encircled the sacred ground of Sanam Luang. They were there, like stoic sentinels, during ceremonial pomp and political upheavals, come rain or shine. If the vast ground fronting the Grand Palace is a symbol of Bangkok, the tamarind trees are in turn a symbol of Sanam Luang.
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