The gentle life: Suan Sunandha Palace Museum offers a welcome step back in time

Standing proudly in the grounds of Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Suan Sunandha Palace was for several years the home of female royals and ladies of the court, as well as…

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Crowned and Bejewelled Buddha Statue in Subduing Mara Posture, 13th century, found at the pagoda in the Mahathat Temple, Ayutthaya. Photo by Fine Arts Department.

A close look at Thailand’s finest Buddhas

For the first time, 81 Buddha images created over a period 1,300 years can now be admired in a spectacular exhibition at the Bangkok National Museum that combines beauty with…

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Chinese dissidents in New York open world’s only Tiananmen museum

Chinese dissidents who took part in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests unveiled a museum in New York on Friday dedicated to remembering the “democratic dreams of the Chinese people,” two…

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Vivid Ethnicity Exhibition at Koh Lanta.

Today’s museums must connect with visitors, but how?

Museums and cultural institutions bring learning to life, enabling members of the public to get close to history and culture. They are able not just to educate adults, but also…

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People listens to a monk guide inside the ubosot. (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

215 years celebrated in an evening at Wat Suthat

Foreigners are often introduced to Wat Suthat Thepwararam as the Temple of the Giant Swing but to Thais, and especially culture enthusiasts, the temple is a living museum that evokes…

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Mother’s Day celebrations with a cultural slant

Mother’s Day is coming soon, and if you looking for ways to spoil your mum (and dad too), why not take her to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam where…

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A tattoo master measures and scales down the tattoo (once inked on the legs) for the arms. (Photo by The Fine Arts Department of Thailand)

Spiritual stories under the skin

The National Gallery is getting inked. Its temporary exhibition, “Trance Figuration: Tattoos from birth to death”, which runs through August, focuses on Thai and Southeast Asian culture through sacred tattoos….

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Thai archaeologist on mission to reclaim ancient Khmer sculpture from US

A Thai archaeologist has embarked on a mission to reclaim a bronze sculpture, believed to be of Khmer King Jayavarman VI, from a museum in the United States. Tanongsak Hanwong,…

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The Javanese Batik Collection of King Chulalongkorn of Siam”. (Photot by Samatcha Apaisuwan)

Story-telling through threads, designs and patterns

Anyone interested in design, textile, culture, and history should make a point of visiting the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in July before one of the main exhibitions, “The Power…

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Night at the Museum

Walking down a dark and quiet alley next to a Buddhist temple or a graveyard at night is probably not a great idea. However, going to the museum at night…

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The ‘Evolving Civilisation: From Lopburi to Ayutthaya Periods’ exhibition at Bangkok National Museum features a sculpture of planetary divinities. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Songkran at the museum

At Bangkok National Museum, which is within easy walking distance from Khaosan Road and the Grand Palace, you can celebrate the Thai New Year in a traditional and subtle way….

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Display of spirit house and offering at the “Decoding Thainess” exhibition. (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Decoding Thainess the Thai way

Long-time expats and even Thais find it hard to explain what Thainess or “Kwam Pen Thai” means. The answer is not easy, which may itself explain why Museum Siam is using…

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An exhibition of Park Soo-keun’s works at the South Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. (Photo by KBS)

Exhibition of Park Soo-keun’s works opens in Seoul

Artist Park Soo-keun is highly revered for heartwarming portrayal of ordinary Koreans despite the hardship of the 1950s. His large retrospective exhibition has opened in Seoul. Two women standing beside…

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Ancient sculptures depicting the Jataka are part of the exhibition at the Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum. (Photo by Fine Arts Department)

Discovering Dvaravati: Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum re-opens

Closed to visitors since April 2019, the Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum is now reopening with a new and spectacular exhibition, which includes the Inscription of Wat Phra Ngam, the…

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Two Khmer lintels expected to be returned from the US mid next year

Two Khmer decorative lintels, allegedly smuggled out of Thailand decades ago, are expected to be returned from the United States in the middle of next year. Prateep Poengtako, Director-General of…

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