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    A photographer princess

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 16/04/2019

    » Armed with her Leica camera and fixed lens, HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, the youngest daughter of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, woke up before sunrise -- at 5am -- and rode a jeep and hot-air balloon in search of the Big Five game animals of Kenya that are hardest to shoot on foot. In tough weather conditions, dusty and humid, she captured moments in the savannahs through still and motion pictures while illustrating her quest in her personal sketchbook. She worked until twilight shed the best lighting. At night, she rested in a tent with no phone signal. This happened every day throughout her five-day journey in Kenya in May 2018.

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    A farewell to a memorable palace

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 10/07/2018

    » To bid farewell to Bang Khun Phrom Palace before its closure, hundreds of Thais queued and waited eagerly for one last visit to the handsome palace every Saturday morning throughout last month. The palace was once home to Marshal-Admiral Prince Paribatra Sukhumbhand of Nagor Svarga (1881-1944), and later served as a public museum under the supervision of the Bank of Thailand.

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    Songkran Blessings

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 12/04/2018

    » The Songkran festival commemorates the start of the traditional Thai New Year. Besides the water splashing, celebrations and family reunions, many Thai people perform rituals that show respect for and seek blessings from their ancestors, elders and Buddha images.

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    Two centuries of Thai-American friendship

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 20/02/2018

    » To commemorate the bicentennial of diplomatic ties between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand, the US government and the US Embassy and Consulate in Thailand have been organising various activities in celebration of the important occasion.

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    Art from on high

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 25/09/2017

    » Exquisitely painted room partitions are an important part of a royal crematorium, considered royal paraphernalia for ceremonies. Their creation is inspired by the literary work Traiphum, which describes the three worlds according to the Buddhist-Bhraman beliefs of the universe, reincarnation, and the rule of karma.

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    A modern retelling of the cloth classics

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 02/12/2013

    » New creativity and age-old wisdom will find aesthetic balance next week, when the annual Jim Thompson Farm Tour in Pak Thong Chai district, Nakhon Ratchasima, begins.

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    Epic tales

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 28/10/2013

    » The Sun is 4m in diameter and made of resin cement. It is movable _ not through any cosmic force, but with hydraulics. To stop the flaming chariot of the Sun, the monkey god Hanuman enlarges himself only to be burned. No, Hanuman was told, the Sun cannot be stopped. It can only be hidden, and that piece of simple wisdom is the key to this action-packed chapter of the Ramakien epic.

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    Woven art for life

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 09/08/2013

    » Colourful like flowers, exquisite like art pieces and glittering like stars _ these are more than 150 antique textiles from palaces, local and ethnic communities in Thailand and other Asian countries. The Centuries-Old Tai Textiles Exhibition in Ayutthaya is the fruit of Asian textiles and culture expert Paothong Thongchua's passion for antique fabrics.

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    Magazine Memories

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 15/10/2012

    » Stacks of old magazines are seen almost everywhere in a collector's three-storey house _ on book shelves, tables and stairs. Some of them date back to the reign of King Rama V in the 19th century and many others are about half-a-century old. The value of these magazines, the prized possessions of a group of collectors, lies far beyond their age, high prices and beautiful covers.

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