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KYLIE "Show Girl" Tour Live in Bangkok postponed

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General NewsAsian Kylie Minogue “Show Girl” tour proponed or canceled

Singer Kylie Minogue has been diagnosed with breast cancer, leading her to postpone and maybe cancel her 20 July Bangkok appearance.


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Strong earthquake hits North Sumatra islands

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General NewsA strong earthquake has erupted in the north of Indonesian’s island of Sumatra with the epicenter 240km west of the town of Sibolga in North Sumatra, at a depth of 33km, on Thursday morning. But Thai officials said it was not strong enough to cause another tsunami.


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Miss Universe comes under fire from senators

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Miss Universe 2005Thailand’s hosting of this year’s Miss Universe contest yesterday received a fierce attack from leading members of the Senate who warned that Thailand’s unique cultural heritage was being eroded by a desire for internationalism.

Despite Thailand’s love affair with the beauty pageant, holding the Miss Universe contest in the kingdom was always going to be a contentious issue, and the condemnation from senators including Mr. Suradech Yasawat, the chair of the Senate tourism committee, was almost inevitable.


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Bangkok slum fire destroys over 50 homes

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General NewsA fire broke out this afternoon at a Bangkok slum community, burning down over 50 houses and killed one elderly resident.


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Priceless Buddha fragments found in southern temple

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General NewsThe abbot of a temple in Thailand's southern Prachuap Khiri Khan Province's Bang Saphan Noi district has unearthed what are thought to be priceless fragments of an ancient bronze Buddha image.


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Oil tanker sinks off southern coast

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General NewsThe marine ecosystem in Thailand's upper southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan has been put jeopardy by an oil tanker which capsized a week ago in fierce seas, just four kilometers from the coastline of a national park.


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Visiting Wat Phra Chetupon

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Tourist destinationsWat Phra Chetupon is one of the most important royal temples in Bangkok. I had been a regular visitor here since I was a child when I most enjoyed the annual fair held around Songkran holiday (Thai traditional New Year, 13 to 15 April). I was impressed by the enormous size of the area, which I later learnt that the temple actually covered approximately 80,000 square meters of ground, and the gigantic lying Buddha, the second largest in the Kingdom. There are also countless numbers of pagodas and Buddha images.

A recent visit to the temple, the first time in the last 4 to 5 years, was very impressive. It has been entirely renovated by the Fine Art Department. In addition to the tidiness, there are now facilities for visitors such as toilets, information center and even security guards. In my humble opinion, this is now one of the most precious treasures of Thailand which we all should help preserving and proudly present to the world. Today I would like to introduce you to some of the interesting information of the temple.


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Yaowarat Road, Chinatown Bangkok

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StoriesThe country’s main Chinese community in Bangkok or “Chinatown” was not originally located in its present location. In the reign of King Rama I, the Chinese residents were relocated to an area that is known as Sampheng today to make way for construction of the Grand Palace. In the reign of King Rama IV, the area became cluttered as more families arrived.


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Miss Universe expected to earn Thailand 3.2 billion Baht

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Miss Universe 2005For the women who have come to Bangkok from around the world to compete for the title of Miss Universe, the reward is global fame.

But for Thailand, the competition represents a chance to earn the nation an estimated 3.2 billion Baht.

Speaking to reporters after leading 17 Miss Universe contestants to conduct a photo session with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra at the Government House last week, Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said that hosting the competition was extremely lucrative for Thailand, as it had spent only 265 million Baht on helping organize the event, but would earn around 3.2 billion Baht.


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iPSTAR, the world’s largest broadband satellite

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TechnologyThailand’s Shin Satellite was preparing Saturday to move iPSTAR, the world’s largest broadband satellite, to the Ariane satellite launch base in French Guiana.

The satellite is expected to be relocated within the next two weeks, and to be launched into orbit within the next few months, the Bangkok Post reported.


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