Monthly Archives: July 2011

Wat Prathet Doi Suthep

Shrouded in mist, a golden temple perches atop the peak of Doi Suthep. The temple, Wat Prathet Doi Suthep is an instantly recognizable feature of Chiang Mai and a beloved symbol of what it means to be Thai. Atop the … Continue reading

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Supachet Bhumakarn

“My name is Supachet Bhumakarn, and I was born in Bangkok on February 23, 1978. I studied at the College of Fine Art in Bangkok and later at the Faculty of Fine Art in Chiang Mai University from where I … Continue reading

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Buddhist Lent, or Khao Phansa

As the monsoon rains descend over the kingdom of Thailand, it marks the beginning of the Buddhist Lent, or “Phansa”, during which all Buddhist monks retreat to the temples. This is also an auspicious time for Buddhist ordinations as it … Continue reading

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King Mangrai of Lan Na

The founder of the Lan Na Kingdom of Chiang Mai, Phya Mangrai, was born on October 23, 1239, by the banks of the Mekong River at Chiang Saen. Mangrai was of noble blood. His father was the ruler of the … Continue reading

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