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    Trip to Phetchaburi

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 02/05/2019

    » The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and the Phetchaburi Office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) are co-organising special train trips to the old city of Phetchaburi every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays throughout May.

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    Once in a lifetime

    Brunch, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 07/04/2019

    » The sky in Mae Hong Son was grey with haze, blanketing the province day and night. The smell from forest fires and the open-air burning of farm waste hurt the nose. The polluted air hurt the eyes. But the ongoing air crisis couldn't ruin the celebratory spirit of Ban Pha Bong community as it hosted Poi Sang Long, the annual mass novice ordination ceremony of the Tai Yai ethnic group.

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    Gearing up for tourists

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 08/03/2018

    » After harvesting season, rice farmers in the Northeast hold an annual merit-making ceremony to express gratitude to Mae Phosop (the Goddess of Rice). The farmers bring a portion of their newly harvested rice and pile it up on a temple ground for monks to bless.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Pleasure at the fairground

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 24/11/2015

    » Forget hazardous flying lanterns of the North. This Loy Krathong Festival, make your way to the old-school ngan wat, or temple fair, and while many temples around the country have put up fairgrounds to celebrate the Full Moon night of the 12th lunar month, none can beat Bangkok's oldest and most legendary ngan wat Phu Khao Thong.

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    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.

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    All shook up

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 12/05/2016

    » You may have seen or joined a monk ordination ceremony in your neighbourhood. In some communities, a monk-to-be may sit on the shoulders of a male relative or friend, on the back of an elephant, a horse or on a plastic chair in the back of a pickup truck for a parade starting from home to the temple.

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