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    Wan Maha Wippa Yok

    You might have seen some of those brutal photos of the university students vs polices and soldiers in the incident happening in Thailand but have no idea what it is all about.

    Here is how it began:

    1973 Thai popular uprising - Wikipedia


    and 3 years later another one, related, began:

    Thammasat University massacre - Wikipedia




    The articles are kind of long. Scanning through in order not to waste your time.

    It's so sad. We killed each other.

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    Exotic Thai Food

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    One of the deadliest man-made disasters in Thailand

    The gas explosion on New Petchaburi road in Bangkok was a major disaster in Thailand. It took place on 24 September 1990, when a liquid petroleum gas tanker truck crashed on the expressway exit at New Phetchaburi Road, causing large explosions and fires that burnt through 38 shops, houses for over 24 hours. 90 people died, 121 were injured and 43 vehicles were destroyed... (by courtesy of Wiki.)











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    Let's eat!

    Kao klook kapi - rice fried with shrimp paste and more


    Pumpkin with sweet coconut milk

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    [QUOTE=nathanielnong;4111630]Wan Maha Wippa Yok

    You might have seen some of those brutal photos of the university students vs polices and soldiers in the incident happening in Thailand but have no idea what it is all about.

    Here is how it began:

    1973 Thai popular uprising - Wikipedia


    and 3 years later another one, related, began:

    Thammasat University massacre - Wikipedia




    The articles are kind of long. Scanning through in order not to waste your time.

    It's so sad. We killed each other.

    Thanks...



    1973











    1976










    ....That Trump post was not from me. Politics' not my thing...



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    ^ It is a glitch that occurs when, I think, hotlinking photos and the file name is the same as an existing one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    ^ It is a glitch that occurs when, I think, hotlinking photos and the file name is the same as an existing one.
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    All the Whitening Cream of Isaan couldn't have gotten one of her daughters on the podium.

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    National Flag of Thailand

    Originally, the flag was plain red colored.




    In 1855, foreseeing that the plain colored flag was not distinct enough for international relations, King Mongkut (Rama IV 1804-1868) redesigned showing a white elephant on red ground.




    In 1916 during the reign of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI 1881-1925), the flag was changed to show a white elephant in royal regalia.




    Then that same year, the current design was changed again due to the story being told that during a flood, King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) went out to visit his people and saw some of them waving the elephant flags hanging upside-down (by mistake or in haste, of course). The image of elephants lying with their backs on the ground and their four feet straight up to the sky here and there was not a pleasant sight to see. In order to prevent it from happening again, he redesigned as shown.




    Later in 1917, the middle color was changed to dark blue, which was similar in tone to indigo, which at the time was regarded as the auspicious color for Saturday, the day King Vajiravudh was born. According to other sources, the blue color was also chosen to show solidarity with the Allies of World War I, which also had the colors blue-red-white in their flags.



    At present time, the three colors are said to stand for nation-religion-king, an unofficial motto of Thailand, red for the land and people, white for the region and blue for the
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    Let's eat...

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    A very random thread, but I appreciate the history lesson on flags

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Just upload the photos to your computer. Use the icon to insert the photos. Double click to make them large.


    Here is one of the contestants of the 1963 contest on the way to the venue as an example.. Less than a minute job and I am shit at computers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    A very random thread, but I appreciate the history lesson on flags
    Thank you for your very kind comment.

    May I add that... the thing is it's "Memory lane". Memory is supposed to contain anything that one wants to remember.


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    How to “Wai” Properly in Thailand

    The wai, pronounced like the word “why,” is the traditional greeting of Thailand. Though foreigners should not go around giving the wai to everyone they see, they are often expected to return the greeting. The wai greeting is usually paired with the word “Hello” in Thai, which is Sawasdee, thereby making it a greeting and a way to say hello; however, it is also a way in which to show someone respect.





    There are different types of wai:


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    Let's eat....

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    Thailand’s first serial killer ever recorded


    The UK has Jack the Ripper. Thailand has its own story. This is a story about a monk who turned out to be a legendary serial killer. His story was recorded as the first serial killer in Thailand, due to the number of victims and the way he brutally hid the dead body.

    ‘Boonpeng Heeb Lek’ or ‘Boonpeng the Iron Chest’ was how he was referred to. Here is his story.

    In the reign of King Rama VI (1881-1925), one peaceful afternoon, some local people who lived near to the Chaophraya River in Nonthaburi province went out fishing by the river as usual. Then, they noticed something washed ashore near the temple pier and closely checked to see what it was. They found it was a huge iron chest. The origin of this chest was questionable at best. But people were curious to see what was inside because the iron chest looked expensive. It was the kind of chest that was mostly used by wealthy people to keep valuable items in. They figured there might be treasure inside so they didn’t hesitate to open.

    What they found inside the chest was far from the concept of treasure. The only thing inside the chest shocked people. It was the dead body of an unknown young lady. They called the police immediately.

    By performing a preliminary autopsy on ”Jane Doe”, police found out that she was wrapped by a mosquito net and suffocated to death with bricks filled inside the chest to make it heavy enough to sink in the river. At that time, whilst this killing was a serious offence, it was undoubtedly difficult for police to figure out who was the killer.

    The chief policeman decided to put the corpse’s information in a newsletter hoping there would be some families missing their daughter and would contact back.

    The next day, the mystery was cleared up. A mother whose daughter had been missing for days came to the police station and claimed that the Jane Doe was her daughter named Prik, 20 years old and married with a wealthy man. The mother said that Prik received a letter from a man who had borrowed her a gold necklace and wanted to return it. She arranged to go out to meet him and never returned.


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    Her mother believed that the man whom she arranged to meet was Boonpeng. Although her daughter was married, her husband ignored her. So, she was having an affair with Boonpeng and so he became a key suspect.

    With this testimony, Boonpeng was targeted. The investigation was ongoing but there were no solid evidences to prove that Boonpeng was the real murderer until a witness showed up. He was a rickshaw driver who was hired to dump the iron chest in the river. Surely, he was a material witness in this criminal investigation….

    Now, who was Boonpeng? Why did he commit such terrible things like that?

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    Boonpeng Heep Lek (Center), One of the Murderer Iron Boxes

    Boonpeng was born in a remote village near a canal in a place that nowadays is part of Nakhon Panom province. He was half Thai Isaan and half Chinese.
    He moved to Bangkhunprom in Bangkok, when he was 5 years old. Some sources said that he was an orphan when he moved down to Bangkok and was adopted by an old couple. He was raised as their grandson.

    When he turned teenager, he was very good-looking, charming, and eloquent. He was such a handsome guy, and women swooned for him. Despite his appearance, he also had a bad side. He was lazy and didn’t work. He did not even help his grandparents. He was not interested to work like other people, but he seemed to pay more attention to black magic, superstition, and the art of making of love potions.

    He had the fortune to learn black magic from an old undertaker who lived in the temple near his house. After finished his black magic courses, his grandparents refused to let him stay with them, because they were against him learning such an evil thing that was mostly used to threaten people.

    Therefore, he moved to Banglampoo in downtown of Bangkok. He started to use his black magic for a living. He was now 20 years old and ordained as a monk and moved to Wat Thewarat Kunchorn.

    He was successful as a monk. He attracted people with his charming appearance and black magic. There were many people approaching him, and especially women who wanted him to create love spells. Some sources said that his residence in the temple always welcomed guests, apostles, and ladies especially in the nighttime. Respected by apostles, he was permitted to make money under ordination. Some said he even had sex with ladies as a part of his black magic ritual.

    Having sex under ordination is the gravest transgression of the monk rules. His wicked behavior couldn’t be kept for long. The evil rituals were finally discovered by the abbot and he was then expelled from the temple.

    After he was expelled, Boonpeng moved back to Bangkok downtown and he chose ‘Wat Suthat,’ the temple with good reputation and good location, as the place he wanted to be based. At first, the abbot of Wat Suthat didn’t want him because he also knew about his bad behavior, but Boonpeng swore and promised that he would change and remain on the good track that all the monks should be. Finally, the abbot allowed him to stay there.

    Right after being given this second chance, he started to do bad things again and it was worse than before. He opened a casino in the monk’s residence, had affairs with ladies, and still practiced black magic, especially the art of love potions. Prik, the victim, came into his life, asking for a love potion to make her husband interested in her again. But finally, she became Boonpeng’s lover and got pregnant. Accordingly, she wanted him to take responsibility. Boonpeng already had someone else he had arranged to marry and could not take the responsibilty. This led to the motivation of murder.

    From all the bad behavior he kept committing, the abbot of Wat Suthat finally knew and ordered to terminate Boonpeng out of monkhood. He would not be a monk anymore, but it was not a big deal for him as he was now wealthy from his dark business and planned for a marriage to the other lady. However, Boonpeng was arrested at his wedding ceremony where the truth was revealed.

    He confessed and said Prik was not the only victim. Before that, he murdered a jewelry merchant “Nai Learm”, due to a conflict of interest between them. He put the dead body of Nai Learm in the iron chest and also drowned him in the river. Some people said he killed 5 more people and always used the iron chest to hide. Most of the victims were ladies who became his lovers, but finally were killed for some reasons.

    Finally, he was sentenced to the death penalty by public beheading. He was the last prisoner who was beheaded in Thai history.

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    After he died, his body was buried in Wat Pasi near the Sanseab canal, and local people built a spirit shrine to calm his spirit.

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    Ratchadamnoen road



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    Democracy Monument - Commissioned in 1939 to commemorate the 1932 Siamese Coup D etat (also called "Siamese Revolution of 1932" or just "1932 Revolution") which led to the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in what was then the Kingdom of Siam, by its military ruler, Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram.

    Plaek saw the monument as the center of what he envisaged as a new Westernized Bangkok (making Thanon [road] Ratchadamnoen the Champs-Elysees and the Democracy Monument the Arc de Triomphe of Bangkok).


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    Same road (different era) but facing the opposite way

    Right, behind trees… The then elegant theater named Sala Charoem Thai (1940-1989)


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    Clearer photo; The place was demolished to give way to the more ancient and important building sited behind called Loha Prasart.


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    Clearer photo of Loha Prasart (started in 1846 in the reign of King Rama III (1788-1851)). The name means iron castle or iron monastery which was modeled after the one in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is the only one of its kind that exists today. It was submitted to UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site in 2005. Note: Poo Kao Tong is in the background.


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    Then and now:


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    Ratchadamnoen road (cont'd)


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    Background … Maha Kan Fort


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    Clearer photo of Maha Kan Fort (built in the reign of King Rama I (1737-1809). Note: Poo Kao Tong in the background; Loha Prasart on the right (off the photo).


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    Clearer photo of Poo Kao Tong (Golden Mountain) which is a steep artificial hill inside the Wat Saket compound (more stories). The construction started in the reign of King Rama III (1788-1851) and completed early in the reign of King Rama V (1853–1910). The delay is due to lack of modern technology. A relic of the Buddha was brought from Sri Lanka and placed in the chedi.

    The place is a popular Bangkok tourist attraction and has become a symbol of the city.

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    TheVultures of Wat Saket (by courtesy of Wiki.)


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    In the early Rattanakosin period (between reigns of Rama I to Rama V) Wat Saket was often used as a place to cremate the dead within the city walls. Since it was located outside the city wall Siamese in those days had a tradition not to cremate the dead within the city walls, because it was believed to cause portentous. The bodies of the dead will be conveyed from the west gate known as the "Pratoo Pee" ("ghost gate", later neighboring area Samran raj).


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    In the year 1820 corresponding to the reign of King Rama II (1809–1824), cholera spread from Penang, Malaysia to Bangkok leading to more than 30,000 deaths in the capital. Wat Saket became the main receiving ground of many dead bodies that were moved in everyday, along with Wat Sangwet in Banglampoo and Wat Choenglane in Sampeng. Due to the large number of the deaths, the temple was unable to cremate every dead body, therefore, left some of them in the open area of the monastery where vultures began coming to devour those bodies. The communicable disease kept spreading every dry season in Siam until the early reign of King Rama V, and the temple became the main food court for vultures. Most severe was in 1840 during the reign of King Rama III when one out of ten people in Siam and the surrounding areas were killed by the disease. The last spreading of the disease took place in 1881. At that time as many as hundreds died each day.

    These miserable events are in the memory of contemporary Siamese, until it was said that "Raeng Wat Saket" ("vultures of Wat Saket"), paired with "Pret Wat Sutat" ("pret of Wat Sutat")

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    The photos are nice but arent you simply copying from Wikipedia?

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    Pret of Wat Suthat (by courtesy of Wiki.)


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    The temple dating back to the beginning Rattanakosin Kingdom, it was a place where stories about undead according to the beliefs of Buddhism and Siamese, pret are often depicted as a tall hungry ghost with a thin body and a scary howling cry. It was said that it often appears in front of the temple at night. Until it was said that "Pret Wat Suthat" (in pair with "Raeng Wat Saket" ("vultures of Wat Saket").

    However, it is believed that what people see as the pret of the Wat Suthat, probably comes from a misunderstanding about seeing the Sao Chingcha, or Giant Swing, a towering Hindu structure that stands in front of the temple at night with no more light.

    Besides, an one mural in the ordinary hall of this temple, also shows painting of one pret lying to feed water from the monk.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    The photos are nice but arent you simply copying from Wikipedia?
    The text copied from various sources for I am not that good in formal English.
    Photos are from various sources too, thanks...

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