Thai culture

  • Thailand News

    Hong Kong Songkran festival celebrations relocated

    The water-splashing festivities of Thailand’s Songkran festival, hosted in Hong Kong’s Kowloon City, are set to make a splash in a new venue – a basketball court. This change came hot on the heels of last year’s arrests of three individuals for dousing police officers and reporters at the event. Kowloon City district officer Alice Choi Man-kwan disclosed that participants…

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    Thai heritage extravaganza takes off in Pattaya

    Pattaya burst into life this week with a dazzling celebration of Thai cultural richness, as Mayor Poramet Ngampichet inaugurated the Thai Heritage Conservation Project: Preserving, Promoting, and Safeguarding Thai Identity in honour of HRH Princess Sirindhorn’s 69th birthday. The beachfront of central Pattaya became the stage for a captivating showcase of Thailand’s cultural tapestry. The event was a magnificent exposition…

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    Nan Province: Next UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site?

    Culture Minister Sermsak Pongpanich announced the Cabinet’s approval of the Culture Ministry’s proposal to nominate Nan as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site. This exciting development comprises two key subprojects geared towards enhancing public awareness, revealed the minister yesterday, March 25. Nan Province’s inclusion in the nomination list stems from its vibrant cultural heritage, boasting meticulously preserved pre-historic archaeological findings,…

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    Why Swedish tourists flock to Thailand

    According to recent statistics from reputable sources, Thailand remains one of the top five travel destinations for Swedish tourists and the number-one destination for Swedish tourists outside of European destinations, but why? Let’s dive straight in to discover some of the main reasons why so many tourists from Sweden tend to flock to this exotic location in the heart of…

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    Thailand Tourism Festival held in Bangkok from March 28

    The 42nd Thailand Tourism Festival will be held from March 28 to April 1 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC) in Bangkok. Organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), this year’s festival promises a spectacle of unparalleled experiences, blending tradition with innovation and sustainability. TAT Governor Thapanee Kiatphaibool stated that the Thailand Tourism Festival 2024 will incorporate…

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    ‘Wai Khru’ ceremony proposed as cultural heritage

    To celebrate Thailand’s rich cultural heritage, Education Minister Permpoon Chidchob today announced plans to propose the inclusion of the Wai Khru ceremony in UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage. Taking approximately six months to meticulously craft the proposal, the ministry aims to showcase the profound tradition of students expressing gratitude and reverence towards their teachers, a practice deeply rooted in…

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    Over a million Buddhists gather to venerate Buddha’s relics in Bangkok

    Sanam Luang in Bangkok recently played host to over 1 million Buddhists who congregated to venerate the relics of the Lord Buddha and his chief disciples, Sariputra and Moggallana. The Ministry of Culture reported this mass gathering took place between February 24 and March 3. The Culture Minister, Sermsak Pongpanich, revealed that roughly 100,000 Buddhists visited each day during the…

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    Princess Sirindhorn’s stunning photography exhibition at BACC

    The Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre currently holds an exhibition by Thailand’s royal photographer, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Those familiar with the photographs taken by the late King Rama IX will recognise the shared passion for photography and the arts of the princess and her late father. The Thai public has grown accustomed to seeing at least one camera…

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    Unveiling Thai soul: How street art captures culture

    Vibrant streets of Thailand, you’re immediately drawn into a world where art isn’t just decoration; it’s a conversation. Thai street art masterfully weaves together the nation’s rich history and contemporary challenges, turning urban landscapes into captivating galleries. Every corner of cities like Bangkok reveals a canvas where tradition meets modernity. From the transformative art along the Klong Ong Ang Canal…

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    Thailand’s cultural marvel: Khon dance meets history in Ayutthaya

    In a fusion of ancient artistry and historical grandeur, the Khon masked dance will weave its enchanting tales against the backdrop of Ayutthaya next month. This cultural extravaganza promises to be a visual feast, celebrating Thailand’s vibrant legacy in a way never seen before. Part of the esteemed Ayutthaya Sundown 2024 programme by the Ministry of Culture, this Khon performance…

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    Thailand heritage meets modern flair: Kaomai Museums blend past and present

    In Chiang Mai, the Kaomai Museums, a project conceived by PAVA Architects, stands as a testament to the fusion of Thailand’s rich architectural and cultural heritage with modern functionality. The museums offer a captivating narrative that bridges the past and the present. The restoration process, meticulously executed, breathed new life into a cluster of colonial-era warehouses. These historical structures, once…

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    Shiva’s Golden Boy statue: A historical repatriation to Thailand

    Two revered relics, the Golden Boy statue embodying the Hindu deity Shiva, and a graceful kneeling female figure with uplifted arms, are poised to make a triumphant return from the United States to Thailand. Set against the backdrop of a highly anticipated repatriation ceremony scheduled for May this year, these cherished artefacts are stirring a wave of national pride. Culture…

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    Cultural crown: Nakhon Pathom’s signature Khao Moo Daeng dish hailed as heritage hero

    The Cultural Promotion Department bestowed the coveted title of cultural wisdom heritage upon Nakhon Pathom’s signature dish, Khao Moo Daeng, or red pork rice. A sumptuous symphony of pork, rice, and secret spices that has set taste buds ablaze across Thailand, this culinary coronation is part of the 18 gastronomic treasures honoured in 2023, as published in the prestigious Royal…

  • Cannabis

    Cannabis and its influence on fashion in Thailand

    In Thailand, the impact of cannabis isn’t just a topic of health and wellness conversations; it’s weaving its way into the very fabric of society, quite literally. The nation’s fashion scene is experiencing a green revolution, with hemp fibre reclaiming its status as a go-to material for clothing, and the marijuana leaf emblem becoming a symbol of style and statement…

  • Lifestyle

    Traditional Thai textiles: A journey through time and quality

    Traditional Thai textiles are a testament to Thailand’s rich cultural heritage, weaving together centuries of history, art, and craftsmanship. These textiles are more than just fabric; they’re a vibrant expression of Thai identity, embodying the spirit and skill of the artisans who create them. From the intricate patterns of the Northern hill tribes to the royal elegance curated by Her…

  • Cannabis

    Thai ceremonies & cannabis: Traditional uses explored

    Becoming an emblematic feature of the nation’s cultural heritage. You’ll find it’s more than just a plant; it’s a sacred herb that’s been enhancing spiritual connections and communal bonds for centuries. As you explore these ancient rituals, you’ll discover how cannabis has been a trusted companion during festive celebrations, its aromatic presence infusing traditional feasts and moonlit storytelling sessions. This…

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    Crafting elegance: The timeless art of Thai pottery and ceramics

    Thai pottery and ceramics, steeped in history, stand as a testament to the country’s rich cultural heritage. From the rustic charm of terracotta to the sophisticated allure of celadon, these creations offer a glimpse into Thailand’s artistic soul. In this feature, we delve into the world of Thai pottery and ceramics, exploring their origins, evolution, and the enduring legacy they…

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    YouTubers Jung and Cullen grapple with overzealous fans in Thailand

    Two popular YouTubers, Jung and Cullen, have become the darlings of Thailand, capturing the hearts of the nation with their endearing content and love for Thai culture. However, their rise to fame has not been without its challenges. The duo has recently found themselves at the centre of a controversy that raises questions about the boundaries between public figures and their…

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    Thailand’s film boom: Global collaboration opportunities

    Thailand is famous for its friendly people and welcoming culture. This beautiful country cherishes traditions yet is open to modern ideas and values. Buddhism and the monarchy have always been the anchors of the people and provide order, and stability and bring the Thai people together. Thailand also embraces progress which makes its capital city considered one of the best…

  • Bangkok News

    Thai traditional dress set to be listed on UNESCO

    The Ministry of Culture is gearing up to propose the inclusion of Thai traditional dress in UNESCO‘s prestigious intangible cultural heritage listings. The visionary behind this move is none other than Kowit Pakamart, the director-general of the Department of Cultural Promotion. To pave the way for this historic proposal, the department recently orchestrated a vibrant brainstorming session at the Thailand…

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    Thai artist’s ethical odyssey: Morals across time and culture

    In a riveting solo exhibition, Thai artist Sakarin Krue-On intricately weaves the tapestry of human morality, transcending temporal and cultural confines. Rather than a scathing critique of progress or tradition, his art masterfully unveils the intricate web of consequences arising from our choices, encouraging introspection on the pivotal moments where good and evil collide, irrespective of cultural or temporal backdrops. At…

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    Battle of the butter cookies: Arsenal vs Imperial – the red tin rivalry

    It’s a cookie clash between two heavyweights, Arsenal and Imperial, with packaging so alike that many mistake them for siblings in the snack world. But surprise, surprise – they’re the brainchildren of different culinary maestros. Crafted by KCG Group, Imperial cookies boast Tong Theeranusornkij as their creator since 1985. Meanwhile, Arsenal cookies emerge from the ovens of the Siam Ruammit…

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    Iconic Thai heritage closing for renovation: Kamthieng House Museum shutting down

    The historic Kamthieng House Museum, a cultural gem in the heart of Bangkok, is set to close its doors for a major renovation. The Siam Society, custodians of the beloved Kamthieng House Museum, has dropped a bombshell by announcing its closure for extensive renovations starting from December 30. The delay in the restoration, the society reveals, was a meticulous process…

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    The unique charm of Thai literature

    The rich history of Thai literature traces back to the Sukhothai period (1238-1438). However, in the modern age, Thai literature takes on a different form. Distinct features separate modern Thai literature, written in the 20th and 21st centuries, from its historical counterparts. In this article, we delve into the unique characteristics that define modern Thai literature. What is the Golden…

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    Unlock the secrets of Thailand’s museums after dark: Night at Museum 2023 unveiled

    In a bid to ignite cultural fervour, the Thai government launched the eagerly awaited Night at Museum 2023 initiative. Running from December 15 to 24, the festival encourages the public to explore the nation’s 48 museums under the enchanting cloak of night. Karom Polpornklang, a deputy government spokesman, stated that the festival aims to boost cultural soft power, inviting everyone…

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    Thai PM plans revision of 5.1 billion baht for national art and culture

    Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin yesterday announced plans to revise the substantial sum of 5.1 billion baht (US$145 million), originally designated for the promotion initiatives of national art and culture by the National Soft Power Development Committee (NSPDC). The Thai prime minister expressed the need for judicious use of the funds to maximise efficacy. PM Srettha’s statements followed the NSPDC’s second…

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    Ayutthaya sundown: Experience history at night in special event

    Ayutthaya Historical Park has invited the public to the Ayutthaya Sundown event at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, a significant historical site. The event, aimed at promoting Thailand’s soft power policy, allows visitors to explore the ancient temple at night from today to November 21. The initiative, supported by the government’s Thailand Creative Content Agency (THACCA), is geared towards making Thailand a global…

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    Mysterious Naga tracks discovered at Lampang temple during Kathina festival

    An unusual trail of Naga tracks was discovered near a pond at the back of the Wat San Pa Teung Wana Ram temple in Phra Bat, Mueang, Lampang yesterday during the Kathina (a Buddhist festival) celebrations. Villagers and a famous financial company jointly donated Kathina robes at the temple. The unexpected sight of these mysterious marks, believed by locals to…

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    Krabi Krabong: The poetry in motion of Thai martial arts

    Often underrepresented on the global martial arts stage, Krabi Krabong nevertheless stands as a vital and captivating tradition deeply rooted in combat styles worldwide. It carries a distinctiveness marked by elegance, dexterity, and meticulousness, exuding the flavour of centuries-old Thai ancestry. It harmoniously melds an organic blend of physical combat techniques with a copious cultural storyline. What is Krabi Krabong…

  • Business News

    Tasty transformation: Thai instant noodles ride K-pop and J-pop wave

    Thai Instant noodles, a staple in many households and offices, have evolved significantly in recent years, influenced by the growing popularity of Korean and Japanese pop culture in Thailand. As a result, manufacturers are diversifying their offerings, serving freshly prepared instant noodle dishes in their restaurants, petrol stations, and luxury retail complexes in Bangkok. The global demand for instant noodles reached…

  • Phuket News

    Urak Lawoi sea gypsies celebrate traditional Loy Reua festival in Phuket

    Sweeping waves gently nudged a hand-carved boat off the coast of Koh Siray, east of Phuket Town, marking the culmination of the week-long Loy Reua festival. Celebrated by the Urak Lawoi sea gipsies, the festival is a time-honoured tradition where a boat, brimming with offerings, is set adrift as an offering to the spirit of the sea in hopes of…

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    Royal romance evolution: One man, many wives fades within 60 years in Thailand

    From the era of Rama V with multiple wives to the era of Rama VII with a single wife, why did the perception of one man, many wives vanish within 60 years? Aside from his work in reforming the nation and abolishing slavery, another facet of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, is most remembered from our textbooks, his position as the…

  • Pattaya News

    November brings vibrant Thai cultural events for locals and tourists alike

    A vibrant tapestry of cultural events and celebrations has been planned to light up the Thailand event calendar this month. From the enchanting Loi Krathong festival, the fierce Boat Race Festival, the rhythmic Pattaya Music and International Fireworks Festival, to the challenging Laguna Phuket Triathlon- there’s something for everyone. The Loi Krathong Festival this year is one of the most stunning festivities in…

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    Roya Gazette declares Wat Suthat Thepwararam an archaeological site

    The Royal Gazette recently announced the Department of Fine Arts declaration, which designates the land area of the ancient site Wat Suthat Thepwararam as an archaeological site, encompassing 28 rai and 76 square wa. Today, it was reported on the Royal Gazette website that the Department of Fine Arts announced the zoning of the archaeological site. The declaration was signed…

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    Si Thep Historical Park battles overcrowding after UNESCO world heritage listing

    A significant influx of visitors to Si Thep Historical Park in Phetchabun sparked concerns among officials, following its inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list on September 19. The province was ill-prepared for the escalated tourist numbers, leading to calls for immediate action to protect the park and manage the crowds. Chatchaval Benchasiriwong, the 54 year old deputy governor…

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    Blackpink’s Lisa to receive Thai cultural ambassador award for promoting local culture

    Announced earlier this week, Lalisa Lisa Manoban, a member of the globally renowned K-Pop group Blackpink, is set to receive a prestigious cultural ambassador leader award from Thailand’s Culture Ministry. The celebrated singer, who hails from Buriram, has been recognised for her significant contributions to promoting Thai culture on an international stage. A grand and formal ceremony is on the…

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    Top 5 cooking schools in Thailand

    Thai food is renowned worldwide for its colourful and exciting recipes and ingredients. Many of Thailand’s popular dishes, such as Tom Yum, are closely linked to the community’s culture and way of life. As a result, food is one of the best ways to learn about Thai life and it also provides an excellent opportunity to bond with locals. While…