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THE MANY FACES OF BUDDHA

THE MANY FACES OF BUDDHA

Story by Ron Emmons (October 2020)

Massive and minute, gleaming and battered, obese and wasting away - the many faces of Buddha in Thailand reflect the diversity of this ancient religion. Yet for most Thais, Buddhism is more than a religion - it is a way of life.

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Faces of Khlong Toey

Faces of Khlong Toey

Story by Joe Cummings / CPA Media (20 June, 2020)

Intrepid shooter Tim Russell documents an endangered Bangkok community.

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A STROLL THROUGH CHIANG MAI’S OLD CITY

A STROLL THROUGH CHIANG MAI’S OLD CITY

Story by Ron Emmons (February 2021)

Join author and photographer, Ron Emmons on a leisurely walk through the fascinating streets of northern Thailand’s ancient capital, Chiang Mai.

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EXPLORING THE TEMPLE OF DAWN

EXPLORING THE TEMPLE OF DAWN

Story by Ron Emmons (December 2020)

When General Taksin moored his boat beside Wat Makok on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River at dawn one day in October 1767, he could hardly have imagined how deeply his action would influence the future of his country, Siam.

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KONG RITHDEE & BANG RAK

KONG RITHDEE & BANG RAK

Story by Joe Cummings / CPAMedia (11 May, 2021)

A stroll through Bang Rak history with film critic Kong Rithdee

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STUPA PILGRIMAGE, THAI-STYLE

STUPA PILGRIMAGE, THAI-STYLE

Story by Joe Cummings / CPA Media (25 July, 2020)

Outside Bangkok, a widespread pilgrimage route links a dozen stupas, each associated with a different animal in the 12-year astrological cycle shared by most Tai and Chinese cultures.

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Timur’s Legacy

Timur’s Legacy

The Architecture Of Samarkand

Timur, better known in the West as Tamerlane from his nickname Timur-i-leng or “Timur the Lame”, was the last of the great nomadic warriors to sweep out of Central Asia and shake the world. As befits a man styled “World Conqueror”, we know a lot about him - and not all of it good. In 1336, at Shakhrisabz in present-day Uzbekistan, the wife of a minor chief of the Mongol Barlas clan gave birth to a son with blood-filled palms, a sure omen that the infant was predestined to cause the death of many.

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Golden Lanterns Of Chiang Mai

Golden Lanterns Of Chiang Mai

Celebrating The Age-Old Yee Peng Festival of Northern Thailand

Yee Peng is a northern Thai term signifying the full moon of the twelfth month of the lunar calendar. In Chiang Mai, Yee Peng is celebrated as a religious holiday. Throughout the region temples are full as people make merit, whilst monks give special sermons and recite religious texts. Traditionally, scrolls illustrating these texts were hung outside the temples to help explain the monks’ readings, and in some small villages of the north this custom is still followed.

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