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  • LIFESTYLE

    Infectious grooves, taste sensations and shadow puppets

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 08/01/2019

    » World Beat was in the field in Pak Thong Chai, Nakhon Ratchasima, this past weekend for the annual Jim Thompson Farm party, bringing to a close the six-week farm tour which is open to the public.

  • BUSINESS

    For god's sake

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 04/07/2016

    » The first thing you notice about Devmali, a village in Ajmer district of western Rajasthan, is that everyone lives in houses made of mud. Using cement and bricks, local residents explain, would anger their local deity Devnarayan and bring bad luck. Only he deserves a concrete temple.

  • NEWS

    DSI executes search warrant at Wat Phra Dhammakaya

    Online Reporters, Published on 16/06/2016

    » PATHUM THANI -- Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officials have arrived at Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Khlong Luang district with a search warrant in a bid to arrest Phra Dhammajayo, the temple's abbot, on charges of money-laundering and receiving stolen property, media reports said.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Across generations, across Thailand

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 22/01/2019

    » Thai PBS held a fun event to celebrate Teacher's Day "Saraphan Lan Thung" or The Sonic Luk Thung Variety Show at the TV station's main compound last Wednesday. World Beat was there to enjoy the mini-festival.

  • NEWS

    Secret sanctum helps abbot take refuge

    News, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 05/06/2016

    » Wat Phra Dhammakaya bills itself as a place where devotees can escape the troubles of the outside world. It's a philosophy the temple's controversial abbot, facing arrest on money laundering charges, appears to have taken quite literally.

  • NEWS

    As ever, money the root of many evils in 2018

    News, King-oua Laohong, Published on 30/12/2018

    » Former DSI chief Tarit Pengdith may have stolen the headlines this month after he received a one-year prison term for his role in the police station construction scandal. However, the team which he once headed handled a number of high-profile cases in 2018.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The future, in reverse

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/06/2016

    » On the surface, artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul's video of a night journey through a temple doesn't seem to be in dialogue with photographs of Sakhalin island by Japanese Tomoko Yoneda. Nor does there seem to be any connection between Field Recordings' video work documenting migrant workers on the banks of Shanghai's Huangpu River and MAP Office's incredibly detailed imaginary map of "future Hong Kong".

  • LIFESTYLE

    Access for all?

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 07/11/2016

    » Visitors have returned in their droves to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha after it was temporarily closed for two weeks following the passing of His Majesty the King -- Europeans, Chinese and others, many of whom are dressed in dark-coloured clothing. Some of them are also disabled.

  • NEWS

    Wat Kalayanamit demolishes pavilions

    News, Supoj Wancharoen, Published on 30/07/2016

    » The Fine Arts Department (FAD) is knocking down the metal structures of two pavilions at Wat Kalayanamit under its plan to rebuild and repair historical buildings damaged by development projects at the temple.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Comfort for the soul

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 05/02/2016

    » Dear readers, if you were born in 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986 or 1998 (the Year of the Tiger), read carefully. If you're looking forward to a rosy year ahead, you might be in for a major disappointment. Because 2016 is out to get you. If you scrape your car against a tree, get bitten by a dog, get pooped on the head by a pigeon, or end up on a delayed flight, remember that it might not be a pure coincidence. This year, for you, is filled with predestined mishaps. 

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