Flip the Fan

The fans here are the Tailpot fan - commonly seen when a Buddhist monk is chanting but is also used to protect from the sun and rain.

For the use by the monk there have been designs to reflect the even that the monk is attending - from the colour, the fabric used, the design on the fan for example.

The display here shows artists who have used a variety of different techniques to create fans which break the current limitations of the fan art and break into the contemporary scene.

For more information please click here the exhibition closes on the 27th of May.

Hua Hin

Only been to Hua Hin a couple of times - but here are some ideas

Using a Buddhist statue in your home

After living in Thailand for 17 years I have got used to seeing these posters scattered in Thailand - especially near the airport.

Then I visited Australia and found this shop.

I wondered whether the statues were replicas

and then I wondered whether it mattered?

What do you think?

Export of Buddha images outside the country 
Antiques or artifacts, whether or not they have been registered, are prohibited to be exported or dispatched from Thailand, unless there is a permit from the Fine Arts Department’s director general  according to the criteria, procedures and conditions specified in the ministerial regulations no. 5 in B.E. 2539 (1996).
In case the antiques or artifacts permitted to be exported or dispatched from Thailand are religious Buddha images or icons, the person who receives the permit must clarify the purpose of the export of such antiques or artifacts. Only Buddha and religious images which are intact and are for the purpose of worships, researches, or exhibitions are permitted to be exported or dispatched from Thailand. Export or dispatch of parts of such items is not allowed. - Suvarnabhumi Airport 

Here's the law in Thailand...

Walking Routes in Bangkok 1 - Yaowarat

Route One of the Walking Routes in Bangkok.

Stop 1: Yaowarat China Town Heritage Museum - this is an amazing place to visit but can be very busy
   location: https://goo.gl/maps/trj2kHhnU6u  

Stop 2: China Town Gateway  - a wonderful and unexpected part of a roundabout marking one entrance to China Town,built in 1999 to commemorate the King's birthday 
   location: https://goo.gl/maps/SPeBW477ksw    

Stop 3: Eiah Sae 益生 - this is one of the last traditional coffee shops that can be found in Bangkok
   location: https://goo.gl/maps/PunbJmBZM5Q2    

Stop 4: Tang Toh Kang Gold Shop - one of the original gold shops in Bangkok - still trading and there is a museum (but not always open)
   location: https://goo.gl/maps/KGeS3y8WQ7A2    

Stop 5: Thai Heng Restaurant - a traditional Chinese restaurant which is very popular with the local community

Stop 6: Wat Bampen Chine Prote (Wat Yong Hok Yi) วัดบำเพ็ญจีนพรต (วัดย่งฮกยี่) - a large  Wat with lots of places to investigate

Stop 7: Wat Kanmatuyaram (Wat Yo Khan Tue) วัดกันมาตุยาราม - a Sri-Lankan style bell can be found in the grounds

Stop 8: Wat Mangkon Kamalawat - still known as Wat Leng Noei Yi and is a very large structure
   location: https://goo.gl/maps/iwVNZwEF6ut  

Stop 9: Leng Buai la Shrine - a small shrine with an ancient bell and a special incense burner inside 
   location: https://goo.gl/maps/J9uZ2dFAwmG2   

Stop 10: Thian Fah Foundation Hospital - started in 1902 and their goal was to treat the impoverished

Bizarre Thailand by Jim Algie

Just got this book and already it is full of circles and arrows to where I want to go next.

Trying to make a map of all the places.