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    Remembering A Prince Of Art

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 29/04/2019

    » After two years of temporary closure for restoration, Ban Plainern, the residence of the late Prince Narisaranuvattiwongse -- the Great Craftsman of Siam -- is today reopened for a special occasion. Every year, the Naris Foundation and the Chitrabongs family celebrate Naris Day, the prince's birthday, by opening up the residence in Bangkok's Klong Toey district to distinguished guests on April 28 and to the public all day on April 29.

  • TRAVEL

    Where royal souls reside

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 21/12/2017

    » Apart from Wat Bowon Niwet, which is King Bhumibol Adulyadej's symbolic temple, Wat Ratchabophit on Ratchabophit Road is one of only two temples that enshrine his ashes. Since Nov 7, when the temple started permitting the general public to pay respects to the royal remains, many have flocked there for this purpose.

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    Potty about pottery

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 17/11/2016

    » Sometimes, precious things are just under our nose. So is Sam Khok district of Pathum Thani province. Situated about 50km from the heart of Bangkok, Sam Khok is a centuries-old community dating to the early Ayutthaya Period about 600 years ago. Much of local history and art can be learned through temple visits in this area. One-day trips are good choices because of Sam Khok's close proximity to the capital and convenient routes.

  • TRAVEL

    A Hidden Treasure

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 11/08/2016

    » Nestled by the Lop Buri River and west of Phra Narai Ratchaniwet Palace in Muang, Lop Buri, is Wat Choeng Tha. Apart from its long history dating to around 300 years ago, this temple boasts several important structures along with Hor Sophon Silp Museum.

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    Lanna-style merit-making

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 22/09/2016

    » On Oct 1-2, the Marble Temple will host the "53rd Tan Kuai Salak Chao Nua" tradition for northern people to make merit.

  • TRAVEL

    Loy Krathong

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 22/11/2018

    » One of Thailand's most popular festivals, Loy Krathong, is being held nationwide. This year, the Full Moon of the 12th lunar month falls today. Here are some of the celebrating venues.

  • TRAVEL

    Fish fest in Sing Buri

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 20/12/2018

    » From Dec 25 to Jan 3, the "24th Fish Eating And Prized Goods Of Sing Buri" festival will be held at the Sing Buri College of Agriculture and Technology in Phrom Buri district, Sing Buri province.

  • TRAVEL

    Robe presentation in Ayutthaya

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 05/05/2016

    » On May 20 for Visakha Bucha Day, Wat Yai Chaimongkol in Ayutthaya will host the annual religious ceremony for Buddhists to make merit, present and wrap huge saffron robes around Phra Chedi Chaimongkol, the temple's principal pagoda. The ceremony will begin with almsgiving at 8am. The procession of the robes to the pagoda will start at 8.19am.

  • TRAVEL

    Lotus flowers ceremony

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 01/10/2015

    » From Oct 23-26, Samut Prakan's Bang Phli district will host the Rub Bua (Presentation of Lotus Flowers) ceremony, a centuries-old tradition of Thai people of Mon descent. One day before the end of Buddhist Lent, Buddhists in the area bring lotus blossoms in a boat procession along Samrong canal from Bang Phli District Office to the temple to worship Luang Phor Toh, the temple's principal Buddha statue.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Preserving the ancient arts

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 22/10/2018

    » One night in Khanom district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province, 15-year-old Thanawit Kerddam brought out his best in performing a southern folk tale before numerous viewers. He provided the voices to more than 10 nang talung shadow puppets, sang along with fast-paced southern music, and occasionally slipped in jokes and current events. Although the audience from Bangkok did not understand the southern dialect, they felt the characters' emotions as the shadow puppets danced behind the white-cloth screen.

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