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  • NEWS

    Recalling the Royal Cremation

    News, Dumrongkiat Mala, Published on 14/10/2018

    » Saturday marked the second anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's passing away. Apart of love and lingering sadness among Thais, what remains vivid in the collective memory is the image of the Royal Crematorium used for the Royal Cremation.

  • NEWS

    Bringing back the forgotten palace

    Life, Published on 12/06/2018

    » While the Grand Palace is world famous for its palatial architecture, the old Front Palace, or Wang Na, of ancient viceroys is hidden in obscurity although its beauty is second to none. Today it is just known simply as the National Museum Bangkok, rather than a palace with deep historical and artistic significance.

  • LIFESTYLE

    An almost forgotten glory

    Life, Published on 28/06/2018

    » It was a fine sunny day when more than 70 culture vultures strolled the old Front Palace (Wang Na), the palace of viceroys in the early Rattanakosin period, near Sanam Luang, to learn about its history, importance and changes. Anyone wanting to know the old palace as more than just the National Museum Bangkok can follow the footsteps of the recent "Walk With The Cloud: The Hidden Palace", led by Khun Sirikitiya Jensen, an official of the Fine Arts Department and the youngest daughter of Princess Ubolratana.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A year of tears

    Life, Published on 13/10/2017

    » One year ago today, Thailand lost a great king, the moral and spiritual centre of the entire nation. Upon hearing the news, people sobbed on the bus, wept on the train, cried in the office. It's one of those rare moments in life that affected all of us in such a way that we remember exactly where we were and how we felt when the reality of what happened set in. One year on, we ask dozens of people from all walks of life about how they remember that fateful day.

  • NEWS

    9 Mahakan homes face demolition

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 22/06/2017

    » Nine houses at the historic Mahakan Fort community are being evaluated for their "worthiness" by a joint committee set up to resolve the housing conflict.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The burden of giving

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 26/10/2016

    » For someone who's been living and working near the Giant Swing of Bangkok for 15 years, Prajin* -- a middle-aged restaurant worker -- said he has never seen his neighbourhood in such a messy state.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Full circle after 24 years

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 28/08/2016

    » Greetings from Nakhon Pathom. This week your favourite columnist finds himself in a hotel room for five days in this little town just west of Bangkok. "Little town" is hardly a good description, though it was certainly that way when I first visited here a quarter of a century ago. Bangkok has since extended her tentacles, swallowing up the likes of Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi and Minburi.

  • TRAVEL

    A place of royal vessels

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 07/08/2014

    » This popular verse of an ancient Thai poem on the royal barge procession crosses our mind when we step into the National Museum of Royal Barges in Thon Buri and see a royal barge with the figurehead of a mythical swan. The Suphannahong Royal Barge is one of the eight stunning royal barges on display along with objects used in the procession.

  • NEWS

    A year of news to inspire

    News, Published on 31/12/2014

    » The past year had bad times - but some of the best times were given by the examples of these neighbours, who provided examples to be proud of.

  • LEARNING

    Labour day promises

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 02/05/2012

    » At the big Labour Day gathering at Sanam Luang the PM and Deputy PM promised to fully implement the minimum wage policy and tackle the cost of living, but labour leaders asked for more.

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