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  • TRAVEL

    Cultural Heritage

    Life, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 06/02/2012

    » Stepping inside Bang Luang Mosque in Bangkok's Thon Buri district, a group of visitors was overwhelmed by its tranquility, happy to leave behind the bustling traffic noise from the nearby street.

  • NEWS

    China to 'resolutely crack down' on Tibetan unrest

    AFP, Published on 07/02/2012

    » China said Tuesday it would "resolutely crack down" on any attempts to instigate violence in Tibetan-inhabited areas, where authorities have launched a deadly clampdown on protesters.

  • NEWS

    Thidapa tied for lead after opening 68

    Sports, Kittipong Thongsombat, Published on 09/02/2012

    » SAMUT PRAKARN : Despite a final hole bogey, local young gun Thidapa Suwannapura still took a share of lead after shooting a four-under-par 68 in the opening round of the Thailand Ladies Open at the Lakewood Country Club here yesterday.

  • TRAVEL

    Temple tourism resurges after flood

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 09/02/2012

    » At weekends, Wat Phananchoeng Worawihan in Ayutthaya province is still crowded with Thai and foreign worshippers and tourists all day after last year's big flood. Hundreds of people were spotted paying respect to the presiding Buddha statue, Phra Buddhatrairattananayok, during the half an hour we spent there on a recent trip. The situation was similar at eight other temples in Ayutthaya and two neighbouring provinces we visited. Visiting temples in flood-hit areas is an opportunity for us to learn how many temples coped with the disaster and why a few were spared by the floodwater.

  • BUSINESS

    Raising the roof

    Business, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 22/02/2012

    » Like other parts of Ayutthaya, Maha Rat district's Ban Khlong Sai was inundated for almost two months last year, badly damaging villagers' homes.

  • TRAVEL

    Khantoke dinner and dance in the Northeast

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 10/02/2012

    » Nakhon Ratchasima provincial authorities and the local Tourism Authority of Thailand office invite all to try local culinary and cultural treats at the Kin Khao Kham Khongdee Festival to be held at Muang Khaek Khmer temple in Sung Noen district from March 9 to 11. Highlights include a light-and-sound performance entitled "Sri Janasa Pura", and a khantoke dinner (a set dinner for five persons costs 1,500 baht). Here, participants will sit eating local food from khantokes (pedestal trays) while enjoying beautiful traditional dance and music.

  • NEWS

    Taiwan man held in 'holy' Elmo muppet scam

    AFP, Published on 10/02/2012

    » A Taiwanese man was taken into custody for allegedly swindling millions of Taiwan dollars by selling Sesame Street dolls and other items which he claimed had "magic powers," according to police.

  • NEWS

    Myanmar frees monk held for questioning

    AFP, Published on 11/02/2012

    » Myanmar officials have freed a leading dissident Buddhist monk after a brief detention, his monastery said Saturday, following a call from the United States for his immediate release.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Lotus pondering leads to life change

    Life, Karnjariya Sukrung, Published on 24/01/2012

    » In the Youth Justice Centre, 17-year-old Somsak Chuchuy-kham sat idly by a small lotus pond; the images of the lotus conjured words of the Buddha on the four types of people in his mind.

  • NEWS

    US defends TV host free speech after India anger

    AFP, Published on 24/01/2012

    » The United States defended late-night TV host Jay Leno's right to free speech after India said it would protest a gag that involved Sikhism's holiest shrine.

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