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    Thai traditions celebrated in temple fair

    Life, Published on 10/01/2018

    » To mark its 190th anniversary, Wat Prayurawongsawas Worawihan, aka Wat Prayoon, on the Thon Buri side of Bangkok, is holding a temple fair in its courtyard from Friday until Sunday.

  • TRAVEL

    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.

  • NEWS

    Plan to turn water hyacinth from menace to cash cow

    News, Published on 29/06/2018

    » Scheme to cash in on water hyacinth

  • TRAVEL

    A land steeped in history

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 24/05/2018

    » Ketsurang, an archaeologist, miraculously travels back in time from the present day to the reign of the Ayutthaya Kingdom's King Narai the Great (1656-1688). She enjoys the traditional way of life and the beauty of many places in Ayutthaya and Lop Buri.

  • LIFESTYLE

    From humble beginnings

    Life, Published on 27/03/2018

    » What first catches the eye of visitors to Don Kai Dee Benjarong village in Samut Sakhon is the street art along a small alley. Those wall paintings tell stories of the community, which has made a name from producing high-quality, five-coloured porcelain known as benjarong for more than three decades.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Verbal duels and bawdy lyrics

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 18/04/2018

    » World Beat was at the Korat Festival recently to check out the activities based around paying homage to the Thao Suranari Monument, or Ya Mo, as it is known locally. Korat, or Nakhon Ratchasima, is often thought of as the gateway to Isan, the northeastern region of the country.

  • NEWS

    The ancient art of tree dwarfing

    News, Published on 29/07/2017

    » Since ancient times traditional dwarf trees have adorned many Thai homes. Mentioned in age-old Thai literature, the beautiful and unique characteristics of local dwarf plants were narrated by poets from bygone eras.

  • NEWS

    Reprising the royal ceremonies up close

    News, Published on 03/11/2017

    » On Oct 26, several hundred thousand people witnessed an historic event -- the royal cremation ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej -- right at Sanam Luang.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Worthy of the enlightened

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 15/11/2017

    » The royal cremation for King Bhumibol Adulyadej last month was a moment of historic importance. Nonetheless, another important task relating to the ceremony is still under way.

  • BUSINESS

    Scholar for life

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 16/10/2017

    » I met Prof Dr Satya Vrat Shastri on the evening of Sept 26 for an interview at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. A day earlier, the renowned Sanskrit scholar had had lunch with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, when he reminded his former Sanskrit student about his birthday on Sept 29.

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