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Petition to restore dignity of Thailand’s only convicted cannibal

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In a dark corner of the Siriraj hospital, in the rather bizarre medical museum (nicknamed the Museum of Death) is the mummified body of Si Quey sae Oeng, Thailand’s only convicted cannibal.

Now more than 10,000 people have signed a change.org petition for the removal of the gruesome display in order to restore his human dignity.

The petition follows up a twitter message by @ChangeSiam who brought up the issue. The message said that Si Quey’s mummified body had been in a glass display case at the museum of Siriraj hospital for the last six decades and claimed that the man didn’t kill or eat children’s organs but he was, in fact, framed and falsely charged.

The message has been re-tweeted over 80,000 times.

Pharaoh Chakpatranon, the author of the Twitter message, says he believes few Thais do not know the name “Si Quey” as it if often mentioned by parents in a classic rebuke by parents to stop children crying “If you do not stop crying, Si Quey will come to eat your liver.”

Pharaoh added that Si Quey’s cannibalism was distorted and blown out of proportion by the media over six decades ago and there was no hard evidence to prove that he ate the internal organs of a child that he had murdered.

The Appeals Court found him guilty of killing a boy, identified as Somboon Bunyakarn, and sentenced him to death, but didn’t mention anything about his alleged cannibalism.

However, Si Quey’s alleged cannibalism has been the subject of several movies, books and plays.

“Almost 60 years since he was executed, his body is still displayed at the forensic science museum of Siriraj hospital with a small sign which reads “Si Quey (a cannibal)” attached to the display cabinet. For Thai society to learn from past mistakes, when one man became a victim of society because of the unfounded rumors whipped up by the media, this should serve as a step to realizing and respecting the human dignity of oneself and others,” said Pharaoh in his webpage.

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Bangkok governor warns of canal pollution

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Bangkok’s governor warns that the volume of garbage in Bangkok’s canals is increasing and is beginning to block the sewer system, causing potentially health-threatening floods in many areas. Governor Asawin Kwanmuang said the removal of garbage from canals in Lat Phrao district and under Pradit Manutham Road alone required 5 trucks.

The area is just a kilometre away from a Rama 9 pumping station, which drains water from Lat Phrao Canal and Saen Saeb Canal to the Chao Phraya River.

“If the rubbish blocks the pipes and the tunnels, the city will be unable to drain water during floods in the rainy season.”

The same problem is found in other districts, such as Chatuchak (northern suburbs of Bangkok). The governor has asked Bangkok residents to take this issue seriously, as the consequences are dire.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Travelling Bangkok’s klongs with Manit

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Should you move to Thailand? In this video I interviewed my friend @Christopher Lau , originally from California, USA and got a little insight of his experience behind living in Thailand for two years.

Then I took him for the famous canal boat ride in “Klong Saen Saep” Bangkok. By the end of the vlog we had a very delightful Thai food session (not so delightful for Chris 😂). Watch the video to find out more.

Manit is a YouTube vlogger and uses his camera and drone to allow us to see Bangkok from a different set of eyes.

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Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo reopen this week

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As the country slowly dusts off the cobwebs of its tourism machine, the most popular tourist attraction of them all is about to reopen in the capital. The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) in Bangkok will be reopened this Thursday, June 4.

The reopening will be under strict health and safety measures to provide safety and health controls for visitors to reduce the possible spread of Covid-19. When visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is asking everyone “to stay safe through this difficult time and follow the health and safety recommendations by keeping social distancing, wearing a mask or cloth mask, and frequently washing hands”.

When visiting the Grand Palace be aware that there are strict dress codes, above and beyond the requirements for Covid-19.

Bangkok’s Grand Palace outpaces the Eiffel Tower, Egypt’s Pyramids and Rome’s Colosseum to make the list of the world’s 50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions, according to leading travel magazine, Travel+Leisure. Based on the gate count, Bangkok’s Grand Palace attracts 8 million visitors a year making it the 8th most visited attraction in Asia and 40th in the magazine’s world’s top 50 list.

The Grand Palace complex was originally built in 1782, and consists of not only royal and religious halls, but also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It covers an area of 218,000 sq. metres and is surrounded by four border walls, 1.9 kilometres in length.

After King Rama I the Great ascended the throne in 1782, the Palace was built. Before this, the royal palace and centre of administration had been located in Thon Buri, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

You can find more information about the Grand Palace Complex, and even book tickets, HERE.

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