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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,...

A Litany of Firsts

A Litany of Firsts

Every journey has to start somewhere and Thailand, formerly known as Siam, embarked on its journey to the modern world in the 19th Century. We offer an overview of the giant leaps the country has made in the past 150 years by exploring its “firsts”.  First...

UNESCO Field Report: Demystifying Ancient Ayutthaya

UNESCO Field Report: Demystifying Ancient Ayutthaya

Ravaged by periodic war and marred by the inexorable march of time, the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, Thailand’s pre-modern capital, seem to stand today as a captivatingly cryptic vestige of past splendor, perhaps divulging their secrets only to the few who devote...

The Real Housecats of Siam: Wichien Maat

The Real Housecats of Siam: Wichien Maat

From the Khao Manee granting safe travels to merchants, the Supalak elevating its owners to greater status, or the Si Sawat blessing newlyweds, Thailand has long seen mystical properties in its domestic cat breeds, but none are held in as high regard as the original...

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Pierra Vejjabul

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Pierra Vejjabul

Sometimes I’m asked who my role models are, and in the past, I’ve struggled to give a satisfying answer: who do I look up to as a Thai woman? But as I put pen to paper (or, in actuality, fingers to keyboard), I find there’s no shortage of Thai female role models....