Chiang Mai Village Celebrates Century-Old Couple

Boonlue Thamtharanurak presents a garland to Uitip and Uipan Kaewjaima, Feb 12 2015.

CHIANG MAI — In a run-up to Valentine's Day, local officials in Chiang Mai province organized an event to honor a 104-year-old couple who has been married for the last 85 years.

Uipan and Uitip Kaewjaima live in a remote village on the Thai – Myanmar border in Chiang Mai’s Chiang Dao district. Registration records stored at the local district office show that the couple was married in 1929, when they were both eighteen years old.

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Boonlue Thamtharanurak presents a gift basket to Uitip and Uipan Kaewjaima, Feb 12 2015.

In an event organized by local officials to mark their 85th anniversary, villagers made merit to the couple and sought blessings for their own “long-lasting love.”

Boonlue Thamtharanurak, chief of Chiang Dao District, also paid respect and gave presents to the couple.

"I'd like to cheer up these two elderly people who are known for their immortal love," Boonlue said. 

Local residents say Uipan and Utitip are in good health, as they can still walk and converse with neighbors.

Asked to comment on the secret behind their longevity, Uipan said he and his wife like to eat vegetables and fish, and rarely eat meat. According to Uipan, who said he worked as a porter for the Japanese army during its invasion of Burma in World War II, he also regularly exercises, and refrains from smoking and drinking. 

"What's important: I strictly follow the Five Precepts [of Buddhism]," Uipan said. "I like to go to temple and hear the monks' sermons. I never fight with anyone."

He added, "As for the Day of Love this year, I wish that everyone will be happy with their love."

According to locals, Uipan and Uitip have 12 children, four of whom have passed away, and over 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

 

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