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    Tiger Temple's secrets raided, leading to roars of outrage

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » A raid of the controversial Tiger Temple unveiled new discoveries back in May. Long-standing suspicions of animal mistreatment ended in the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation's (DNP) removal of 137 tigers from Wat Phra Luang Ta Bua Yanasampanno in Kanchanaburi province.

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    Welcome to the Holy Pond

    News, King-oua Laohong, Published on 06/04/2019

    » At a temple in Sing Buri about 150 kilometres north of Bangkok, worshippers carry buckets of water which they then pour into a sacred pond to fulfil their vows after their wishes have come true.

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    HIV temple comes under new scrutiny

    Spectrum, Published on 07/12/2014

    » It's Tuesday morning and 67-year-old Thanachai Maipradith is sitting at his desk in the donation room at Wat Phrabatnampu, a temple in Lop Buri which is home to 153 HIV patients.

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    I’ll meet you near the temple

    Spectrum, Jeerawat Na Thalang, Published on 03/04/2016

    » Pueng Pung’s life has been determined by war and Thai-Cambodian border politics. Originally from Si Sa Ket province, the 64 year old spent her childhood freely travelling across the border.

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    The story on the wall

    Life, Tatat Bunnag, Published on 12/04/2019

    » Despite the fact that the whole story of the Thai classic literature Ramakien and its characters Phra Ram, the Monkey King Hanuman or the 10-faced demon Tossakan have been depicted as mural paintings along the surrounding walls at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha since ancient days, not everyone today could claim to know the entire story or remember every character in the epic, derived from the Indian epic Ramayana.

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    Making folk heroes super

    Life, Patipat Janthong, Published on 06/06/2018

    » Sounds from a traditional Thai piphat music ensemble resonated, as a likay comedian appeared on stage wearing a Batman costume at a folk theatre performance at a temple in Pathum Thani, near Bangkok last week.

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    Our top 10 stories in a year that will be hard to forget

    Spectrum, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Over the past year 'Spectrum' has reported a wide range of issues to give readers valuable insights. Our reporter ambushed the monk who helped Leicester City to their shock English Premier League title to get an exclusive. Another reporter blended in with Chinese yuppies in the new business district of Bangkok to find out why they decided to migrate to Thailand. Two reporters did a series of stories on the Tiger Temple by hanging out with the veterinarian, monks and national park officers to listen to all sides. We were determined to find the truth. Last month we also went up to Chiang Mai to talk to Hmong girls wrongly accused of stealing a British tourist's watch. Here are the top 10 stories in another exciting year of reporting.

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    Cry of the tiger

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 17/04/2016

    » Chatraporn "Jang" Tamthong spends her working day caring for the dozens of tigers she has raised by hand.

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    Letting go of unhealthy foods

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 04/07/2016

    » Every day, Phra Pisit Siriwathatano would leave his temple at dawn to conduct a daily alms round in his neighbourhood of Nonthaburi. Taking about two hours, the monk later returned to the monastery with a full alms bowl and a large sack filled with food offerings from Buddhist laymen and laywomen. Sometimes, people would also visit the temple to offer lunch to him and other monks.

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    How ghost chasers make sense of the supernatural

    Spectrum, Jeerawat Na Thalang, Published on 31/07/2016

    » On any given night, Kapol Thongplub and his camera crew could be chasing after spirits. Holding a portable device to detect unusual energy frequencies, the 49-year-old entertainer visits places believed to be haunted by ghosts.

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