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    Remembering A Prince Of Art

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 29/04/2019

    » After two years of temporary closure for restoration, Ban Plainern, the residence of the late Prince Narisaranuvattiwongse -- the Great Craftsman of Siam -- is today reopened for a special occasion. Every year, the Naris Foundation and the Chitrabongs family celebrate Naris Day, the prince's birthday, by opening up the residence in Bangkok's Klong Toey district to distinguished guests on April 28 and to the public all day on April 29.

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    A matter of life and death

    Life, Dave Kendall, Published on 22/03/2019

    » A river that sustains approximately one-tenth of the world's population is dying. Victor Mallet's River Of Life, River Of Death: The Ganges And India's Future explores why -- and simultaneously melds political and economic analysis with a compelling travelogue and a journey through the mythology of one of the world's great religions.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Let's all pray for a better 2018

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/12/2017

    » Revelry is not the only way to welcome the New Year. Instead of joining the noisy countdown gatherings, many people plan to mark the occasion in a solemn way, by praying.

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    Lampang readies for annual fair

    Life, Peerawat Jariyasombat, Published on 13/07/2017

    » Lampang will showcase its glorious history during the Ngan Luang Viang Lakorn Fair, to be held on Monday and Tuesday.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A beautiful responsibility

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 05/06/2017

    » Immediately after the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 13 last year, a team of Fine Arts Department architectural specialists began their work to design the royal crematorium. Kokiart Thongphud -- known as the trusted right-hand man of the late architect Arwut Ngernchuklin, who designed several previous royal crematoriums -- knew that the responsibility would fall on his shoulders. That night his brain began to whirl, his hands skilfully moving the pencil, rulers and paper, his eyes focusing on the details.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Carving out history

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 27/03/2017

    » Their skilful hands focused on art pieces they were creating, and their eyes were locked on the details. Their hearts, apparently, were with HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on Oct 13 last year. At the Fine Arts Department's Office of Traditional Arts in Nakhon Pathom, two groups of 20 men and women from all walks of life brought out their best during a recent audition where the office recruited volunteers to help official artisans build a royal urn and coffin and sculpt statues for decorating the royal crematorium.

  • TRAVEL

    Merit-making in Sakon Nakhon

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 29/09/2016

    » From Oct 13-16, the annual "Beeswax Pavilion Procession and Long Boat Races" will take place at various venues in Muang district, Sakon Nakhon province.

  • LIFESTYLE

    As majestic as ever

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 12/11/2015

    » Even more flawless than previous editions, the Support Foundation's annual khon performance impressed once again at its premiere last week. This year, the featured episode is The Battle Of Indrajit: Prommas, and the beautiful dancing, great acting, costumes and props were as splendid as in previous years -- the setting, however, was more stunning than ever.

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    The new Brahmins

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 12/10/2015

    » A man dressed in white blew into a conch as if it were a horn. Joss sticks were burning. Heads bowed but people's lips were praying. A screenplay on a golden tray was engulfed in a cloud of white smoke. Surrounding the tray was a feast which included a pig's head, Thai golden desserts, fruit, boiled eggs and seafood.

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