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    Apping out the royal funeral

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 12/10/2017

    » With heavy hearts, Thais do not want the day of the royal cremation for their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej to come, but must accept the truth. In greater Bangkok, mourners can present sandalwood flowers for the royal funeral at 114 assembly points on Oct 26.


    The art of loyalty

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 09/10/2017

    » Dogs are man's best friend. And dogs are a king's best friends as well in Thailand. For almost 20 years, Khun Tongdaeng, the monarch's favourite pet dog, stayed beside King Bhumibol Adulyadej as friend and guard. Khun Tongdaeng died nearly a year before the king's passing on Oct 13 last year, but her love and loyalty is everlasting and is now reflected in her life-size sculpture, which has been placed at the royal crematorium at Sanam Luang.


    Almsgiving on boats

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 05/10/2017

    » On Sunday, the annual "Tak Bat Phra Roi (Almsgiving To 100 Monks)" tradition will be performed on both sides of the Lam Pla Thieo canal near Wat Sutthaphote in Lat Krabang district, Bangkok.


    Khmer art in Sa Kaeo

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 05/10/2017

    » Almost 1,000 years ago, this grand Khmer architecture was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and called Pattharatekla, according to an inscription. After 20 years of restoration, Sdokkokthom Sanctuary, 34km from the Thai-Cambodian border in Khok Sung district, Sa Kaeo province, has become a popular attraction since 2014. Beginning in April next year, it will officially open as Thailand's 11th historical park.


    Before Closure

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 28/09/2017

    » Until the end of this month, people will have a last opportunity to visit the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall before its indefinite closure for restoration work starting from Sunday.


    Rollin' down the rivers

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 28/09/2017

    » Travelling along the rivers from Samut Sakhon to Samut Songkhram rewards with natural and cultural insights, especially if one makes stops along the way.


    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.


    Canal tourism

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 21/09/2017

    » On Saturday and Sunday, the "Stepping Back To Canals" event will take place from 2.30-9pm at Wat Nang Ratchaworawihan in Chom Thong district, Bangkok, as part of the 250th anniversary of Thon Buri celebrations.


    Royal funeral books to cherish

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 15/09/2017

    » A heart-wrenching day for Thailand -- that of the royal cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej -- is only about one month away. The beloved monarch is in the hearts of Thais always, and many are in pursuit of memorabilia associated with His Majesty. Almost everything, ranging from coins and medals to stamps, was sold out or fully reserved within a day.


    Time-travelling along the Mae Klong River

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 14/09/2017

    » Embracing the Mae Klong riverbanks, 105km southwest of Bangkok, Ratchaburi province is a cultural must-see that should be known for more than just producing water jars and hosting the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

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