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Take a Closer Look at Siamese Buddhist Murals

Take a Closer Look at Siamese Buddhist Murals

“A picture’s worth a thousand words” has never been truer with Siamese murals. Seen in Thai temples, museums, and palaces, Siamese murals are packed with messages of morality and wisdom distilled from the Jataka tales, a collection of stories telling of the Buddha’s...

Mrigadayavan Palace: Preserving More Than History

Mrigadayavan Palace: Preserving More Than History

Does the conservation of history end at structures and artifacts or is it just as important to preserve the natural environment? For close to a century, Mrigadayavan Palace in Cha-am district, Phetchaburi province has harmoniously cherished both Thai culture and its...

Why Do Thai Temples Have Chinese Paintings?

Why Do Thai Temples Have Chinese Paintings?

While wandering the richly decorated halls of the most famous temples in Bangkok few visitors ever notice the framed paintings that hang above the windows and doors. If you do notice them, you might find that the imagery is conspicuously different, even out of place...

Reviving Thai Design in Neo-traditional Houses

Reviving Thai Design in Neo-traditional Houses

Traditional Thai houses are a prominent part of the iconography of old Siam. However, they are not merely things of the past. In ancient times, Thai architecture provided some of the best lifestyles of the era and practical protections from the natural world. Today,...

Edible Thai Insects as a Sustainable Superfood

Edible Thai Insects as a Sustainable Superfood

While insects are eaten in certain areas of Thailand, the majority of Thais look at insects the same way people in most Western countries do: with disgust. However, insects may very well be a major source of protein in the future. It’s time to put aside our...

Icon NOW: Thai Winemaker Busts Tropical Wine Myths

Icon NOW: Thai Winemaker Busts Tropical Wine Myths

What’s in an icon? As part of Thailand NOW’s mission to share authentic insights into all things Thai, we’re spotlighting iconic individuals who have not only excelled in their respective areas, but influenced the complex tapestry of Thailand as it exists today and,...