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    Going traditional at Songkran

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 16/04/2018

    » Over two years ago, I wrote about my contentment with a new trend in which a number of Thais wear traditional costumes in everyday life. Today, I feel happier since so many Thai people opt for traditional outfits and the style is even recognised and promoted by the government. I must note this was ignited by the craze for the periodical TV series Bupphesanniwat (Love Destiny), which was about the time journey of an archaeologist to the reign of Ayutthaya's King Narai the Great over 300 years ago.

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    An eco-friendly alternative

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 12/11/2015

    » Riding on a long-tail boat for a leisurely trip along the more than 150-year-old Maha Sawat Canal in Nakhon Pathom province could be a thing of the past soon due to the recent launch of a prototype  solar-powered boat for tourists. If this pilot project is successful, similar boats will be introduced to Amphawa in Samut Songkhram.

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    Debunking myth, retelling history

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 28/10/2015

    » History or patriotic myth? When I first heard of a new book, The Thai History, I thought of nothing but another government effort to build a sense of nationalism among Thais. The 208-page book was written by the Fine Arts Department and launched last Thursday at the National Book Fair.

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    Streaming with history

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 23/04/2015

    » Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem is likely to become one of Bangkok's major transportation routes once again due to government support, and this may also benefit tourism. Building of the canal was commissioned by King Rama IV in 1851 to serve as the outer city moat. It runs in parallel with the first and second tiers of the city moat — Khlong Khumuang Doem and Khlong Rob Krung.

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    Dressing up what 'Thainess' means

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 10/04/2015

    » It is not an overstatement to say the past two weeks have been a happy time in my life in the wake of a new trend for Thais to wear traditional costumes in everyday life. The reason is simple — I collect Thai handwoven textiles and want to wear them often.

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