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Gov’t Gifts Thai-Designed Holy Vestment to Pope Francis

BANGKOK — Four papal outfits made by a Thai designer were delivered to Pope Francis by the Thai government as a gift to mark his visit to the kingdom on Thursday.
Promotional models pose for photos at a government event promoting Loy Krathong festival in Bangkok on Oct. 30, 2018.

Why Thai Muslims Don’t Celebrate Loy Krathong (But Christians Do)

To the country’s second largest religious group, the river festival is empty of meaning, and to pay homage to it through gaiety is profane.
“VRwandlung” Photo: Goethe-Institut Prague

Turn Into Kafka’s Giant Bug as Biennale Returns to Bangkok, Chiang Mai

BANGKOK — Franz Kafka’s seminal work “The Metamorphosis” is famous for its theme of animalism, alienation, and absurdity – where a man turns into...
“Karma” (2015, Arbat).

Movies About King, Katoey, Bad Monk Added to National Film Heritage

BANGKOK — Banned controversial movies, rare footage of early 20th century Siam, and the first-ever known film about katoey are some of the works selected for the National Film Heritage.
The Ekaterinburg Opera Theater’s production of “Turandot” on Sept. 11, 2019 at the Thailand Cultural Centre. Photo: Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music / Courtesy

Vincero! For One Night, ‘Turandot’ Exhibited Grandeur in Bangkok

BANGKOK — Puccini enthusiasts gathered in a packed theater Wednesday night to view the first full-scale production of “Turandot” staged in the country in...
Nathan Larkin holding his latest publication “Farang Vol. 1” at Bangkok Art Book Fair on Sept. 5.

Not Just For Hipsters: Art Book Fair Back With Zines and Designs

BANGKOK — From illustrated books to collectible postcards, there’s something for everyone at an annual art book fair this week. The Bangkok Art Book Fair...
Rosalia Sciortino.

SEA Junction: Where Southeast Asia Enthusiasts Cross Paths

BANGKOK — For those with a passion for Southeast Asia, all roads lead to SEA Junction in the heart of Bangkok. Into its third year,...

Terracotta Warriors To March into Bangkok This Sept.

BANGKOK — Envoys of the first Emperor of China’s ghost army will march into Bangkok next month. The Ministry of Culture announced on Thursday that...

Mock Parliament Art Exhibit Questions ‘Return to Democracy’

BANGKOK — New art installations launched on Tuesday urge visitors to question whether a democracy has truly returned after five years of direct junta rule. 
Drawings of King Rama V and one of his queens Queen Saovabha, titled “Siamese King” and “Siamese Queen,” by Grigory de Vollan. de Vollan was a Frenchman under the Russian Tsar’s service who visited Siam between 1890 to 1894.

Durians, ‘Arrogant’ Englishmen: 19th Century Russian Explorer’s Journals About Siam

BANGKOK — The recently translated journal of a Russian explorer detailing his visits to Siam in the late 19th century bears surprising parallels with...

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