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    A traditional legacy

    Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 15/07/2014

    » Seventy-three years is close to the average lifespan for men in many parts of the world. But for Chaophraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachin Buri, which marks its 73rd anniversary this year, this is just a drop in the bucket, the tranche of time it has taken for the first step in what may be a lengthy journey: its mission to revive traditional Thai herbal medicine in a society which has long cast off what were considered outmoded ways in favour of the Western approach to healthcare.

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    Buddha high on a mountain

    News, King-oua Laohong, Published on 15/03/2014

    » Multi-tiered bamboo scaffolding rises up to the apex of a stupa that will enshrine the Lord Buddha’s relics in the heart of the country’s highest national park, Doi Inthanon, evoking a feeling of co-existence between man and nature.

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    Looking to Hong Kong

    News, Published on 15/02/2014

    » Building urban railways is a costly exercise although it does not always have to burn a hole through the developer’s pocket.

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    Get active

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 18/10/2013

    » Ademonstration against a controversial dam project in Mae Wong National Park will start at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre tomorrow. The dam plan has been criticised for its lack of transparency, questionable effi ciency in preventing future fl ooding and its threat to irreplaceable trees and wildlife. To deputy PM Plodprasob Suraswadi, forests can be regrown and wildlife bred, but an online petition against the project on Change.org has garnered over 113,401 signatures, becoming the biggest campaign of its kind in Asia (who knew that Thais are such environmentalists?!).

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    Get smart?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/09/2013

    » Last week Education Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng ordered officials to look into a report prepared by the World Economic Forum (WEF) that showed the Thai educational system was potentially left behind at the bottom among eight Asean countries surveyed (to be fair, the WEF surveyed 144 countries around the world and in certain aspects of education we're doing better than others). Our dad, the Bangkok Post, reported later in the week that the minister vowed to embark on efforts to improve the education system and that his ministry will make education reform a national agenda.

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    Paradise lost

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 19/08/2013

    » The words "national park" should convey the spirit of conservation and a well-protected space of natural beauty. But in Thailand, sometimes the parks are beset by scandals and controversy that also imply problems: law violation, land disputes, poaching, encroachment and environmental abuses.

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    A dying breed

    Life, L. Bruce Kekulé, Published on 31/07/2013

    » Of all the mammals in Thailand, the wild elephant is probably the most important indicator species of a disappearing wilderness. A century ago, there were more than a 100,000 elephants found in the country when 75% of the Kingdom was still covered by forest. Just north and east of Bangkok, these huge mammals thrived in the marshlands and forests near the city.

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    Glimpses into pre-Siam life

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 30/03/2013

    » A recently discovered Khmer-style artefact links a historical northern Thai town to the wider Southeast Asian region, not only proving Thailand's cultural wealth of old, but also adding an important piece to the puzzle about the region's trading significance in pre-Siam days.

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    Old village show gets a modern lift

    News, Nopparat Kingkaew, Published on 26/01/2013

    » Jariang Baroen is still a feast for the eyes and ears for the older generation but time and modernity have caught up with it.

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    Do not pass

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/03/2012

    » The recent fight between BTS security guards and an Irish man over his daughter's balloons at Phrom Phong station produced one good thing. It's now etched in people's minds (probably for the first time) that innocent balloons are forbidden within the Skytrain system because they are inflammable and, therefore, considered a threat to passenger safety. There goes our plan to suck in helium and talk funny to pass time on the train.

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