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  • Tom 8:32 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Antique warship, , battle, battle ship, HTMS Lanta, , Korean Wars, museum, , , , , , , , , , , United States Navy, USS Stone County, , , Vietnam Wars, voyages, Wars, warship,   

    Antique warship to be turned into museum 

    Royal Thai Navy Landing ship tank HMTS Lanta berthed on the Chao Praya River It was launched in 1945 as the USS Stone County (LST-1141)

    Royal Thai Navy Landing ship tank HMTS Lanta berthed on the Chao Praya River It was launched in 1945 as the USS Stone County (LST-1141): Flickr.com

    The HTMS Lanta, a famous battle ships belonging to the Royal Thai Navy, is soon to tell its proud history to visitors by becoming a learning center.

    Formerly known as the USS Stone County, the Lanta was built by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company and was commissioned on 9 May 1945. The ship served the United States Navy until the year 1969 when it was sold to the Royal Thai Navy in 1973. It became the fourth ship in the Royal fleet.

    The ship participated in many missions including voyages to the second World War. It has received battle awards for service in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. (More …)

  • Tom 7:23 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: biological diversities, , humans, , , , , marine animals, mountaintop, museum, , natural history museum, , , , , Sea Natural Museum, , Thai Island, ,   

    Thai Island and Sea Natural Museum 

    Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn once said “To love our natural resources is true patriotism” and the Royal Thai Navy is a true patriotic entity of the Kingdom. The navy’s Thai Island and Sea Natural Museum in the eastern province of Chon Buri is concrete proof of the navy’s environmental conservation effort.

    The museum was initiated by Her Royal Highness who has concern for marine natural resources. The museum, located on the mountaintop of Ma Jor in Sathaheep district, was completed in 2007.

    Proudly serving as Thailand’s first natural history museum, it is a one-stop display of biological diversities, plants, and marine animals. Spreading over 16 Rai or 100 hectares, it overlooks Samae Sarn and other eight surrounding islands. The museum hopes to create harmony between humans and nature and to help instill environmental awareness in people from all walks of life. (More …)

  • Tom 7:09 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: archaeological, , , , cultural performances, , , , , , , JEATH War Museum, , museum, prisoners, Railway Museum, , River Khwae Bridge, , ,   

    Kanchanaburi prepares for River Khwae Week 

    the river kwai bridge

    the river kwai bridge: Flivkr.com

    Kanchanaburi Province in the West prepares to celebrate the annual River Khwae Week.

    Highlights of the event include historical and archaeological exhibits, a carnival, folk and cultural performances, rides on World War II vintage trains and light and sound presentations to reenact the bridge’s World War II experience.

    A light and sound show will commemorate the historical bridge and the “Death Railway” construction. Headphones will be available for narrations in English, Japanese, Chinese and German.

    The River Khwae Week this year is held from 27 November to 8 December 2009. (More …)

  • Tom 9:02 pm on September 4, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , antiquities, , , artefacts, Ban Lai Ing, centuries, , , , , , Lanna cultural heritage, museum, Phayao, , Wiang, Wiang Phayao Museum   

    Keeping Phayao’s past alive 


    The Wiang Phayao Museum is a treasure trove of objects d’art, putting together hundreds of rare items to vividly represent the history, local wisdom and culture of this northern province.

    Nestled in the heart of Ban Lai Ing in tambon Wiang of Muang district, the shady compound of the five-century old Lee Temple is an excellent reminder of Phayao province’s rich history, with its diverse collection of antiquities housed inside the Wiang Phayao Museum. The sacred sanctuary of archaeological treasures originates from Phra Khru Anurak Buranan, a highly-revered abbot of the temple who is known for an avid consciousness and appreciation of the Lanna cultural heritage. (More …)

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