Bangkok Dining at the Joe Louis Puppet Theater

Top Bangkok Dining experience at the Joe Louis The Art of Thai Cuisine and Thai Puppet Theater

Author: Pen Drageon. 

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While Bangkok, fondly known as the “Big Mango” offers an eclectic selection of dining venues and experiences, few or any can truly rival the unique and original concept of the renown Joe Louis Puppet Theater and Restaurant which is located at Asiatique the Riverfront. This restaurant not only offers an authentic array of traditional Thai cuisine for the taste buds but also a unique display for one of the treasured lost art of puppetry in Thailand.

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Conveniently located at the front entrance of Asiatique the Riverfront, it is hard to miss with its contemporary design style and a blend between a casual and fine dining ambiance. There are various puppets on display at the counter to give a hint of what is to come as part of your dining experience. The upper level of the restaurant is making way for a new puppet theater for those who only want to watch the show but at the moment any full length performance is only available by special invitation at private performances.

The Joe Louis Puppet Theater and Restaurant started out as atraditional Thai puppet outfit that was passed from several generations back. It is now considered one of the national treasures of Thailand and under the patronage of HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand to revive this ancient traditional art form. This puppet troupe has won numerous international awards and accolades forbest puppetry performances and is recognized as a master craft in Thailand. Major performances are only available for private functions but you can get a glimpse of these puppets during a dinner performance at their restaurant. Each puppet requires at least 3 performers to manipulate the intricate movements of the puppet.

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The restaurant serves a good selection of traditional Thai cuisinebased on olden recipes with the freshest ingredients. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the ingredients and cooking. Recommended dishes are the mixed Thai appetizers which comes in 4 sampling varieties per order and consists of the traditional Thai spring roll, a light pastry basket with meat fillings and a special chili sauce, deep fried minced shrimp on a slice of toast and Thai spicy fish cakes. Other signature dishes from the menu are spicy wing bean salad, and off course their varieties of authentic old-style curries which puts a zing to your taste buds with all the aromatic spices and herbs used in the cooking.

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The puppet performance at Joe Louis restaurant starts around 7.00 pm on Fridays to Sundays only. You will be entertained to a short introduction of the puppetry arts and a performance by the lovable character of Hanuman the monkey god in tales of the Ramayanatogether with another character, the Princess Sita. This is the only time you will be able to watch just such a marvelous display ofancient Thai puppetry and be able to interact with the puppets as they seemingly come to live at the hands of the skilled puppeteers. Joe Louis the Art of Thai Cuisine and Thai Puppet Theater is one of the top 10 things to do in Bangkok whenever you visit the Big Mango.

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The final tigers have been removed from the Tiger Temple

The final tigers have been removed from the Tiger Temple, but what does their future hold?

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The final tigers have been removed from the Tiger Temple

Tigers in cage. Photo: Reuters 

The final tigers have been removed from the Tiger Temple. Despite all of the surprising items that have turned up along the way, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) expects to finish removing the final 33 tigers from the scandal-ridden Tiger Temple today.

The other 104 tigers have already been moved to the two Ratchaburi wildlife breeding centers since Monday.

But, of course, there’s more to the story.

DNP officials are concerned because more than 20 tiger cubs are missing from the temple. The cubs, who were between one and two months old, were a temple attraction that visitors were allowed to feed milk from a bottle.

Authorities were surprised by their absence and are eagerly trying to find the missing cubs.

The DNP has also made their first announcements about the future of these removed tigers.

Park officials are collecting DNA and blood samples to determine if they are native or Bengal tigers.

After some time, the native tigers can be released into wilderness after being taken care of at the wildlife breeding centres. They will be able to roam freely and hunt for themselves

The Bengal tigers, however, can’t be freed since they have lived their entire lives in captivity and can’t feed by themselves in Thailand’s natural surroundings. Bengals are native to India and Bangladesh.

A thorough search of the temple grounds yesterday unearthed many tiger claws and fangs hidden inside alms bowls while a pickup truck attempting to leave the temple was searched and held two tiger hides, 9 fangs and over 1,000 amulets made of tiger skin, according to Thai PBS.

That came after the horrific finding the day before of 40 frozen baby tiger cubs, aged one day to one month, filling the temple’s freezer on Wednesday.

The truck was driven by temple official Net Kunruengkrai, who was driving apprentice monk Phra Lamom out of the temple along with two other temple’s employees and three large bags on the truck.

The driver claimed he was driving Phra Lamom to see another monk. At first, the driver could not give an answer about why his truck contained the contraband but later he admitted that Phra Lamom brought the bags into thetruck, but the monk denied knowledge or involvement.

Authorities think the monks were attempting to remove evidence once they heard about the inspection.

More hides and fangs were discovered in the monk’s and abbot’s rooms yesterday after officials used bolt cutters to enter the rooms.

Saiyok district police are expected to file criminal charges against all responsible people.

By Coconuts Bangkok June 3, 2016 / 16:01 ICT

The final tigers have been removed from the Tiger Temple

Tiger Temple gets the go ahead to build zoo

Tiger Temple gets the go-ahead to build zoo

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Tiger Temple gets the go ahead to build zoo

Tigers chained to trees at the Tiger Temple. Photo: Reuters

Tiger Temple gets the go ahead to build zoo. The controversial “Tiger Temple” has been given the go-ahead to construct a zoo on 25 rai of land after obtaining the required license.

The popular tourist temple, which brings in US$3 million a year from tourists wanting to play with and take selfies with its 147 tigers, has long been accused of abusing and exploiting its animals.

The temple, formerly known as Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno, is in a remote part of Kanchanaburi province and claims that wild tigers have sought sanctuary in its compound and reproduced at the site.

However, critics of the “Tiger Temple” have accused it of trafficking tigers, with a National Geographic investigation claiming a group of animal traffickers colluded with the Kanchanaburi temple to illegally take unregistered tigers to and from the temple since at least 2004.

And last year, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) demanded the temple hand over its 147 tigers to authorities because it lacked permits to keep them, reported the Nation.

However, last Tuesday, the DNP agreed to the company’s request for a zoo license, according to Pol. Col. Supitpong Phakjarung, vice-chair of the Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno Foundation and managing director of Tiger Temple Company Ltd.

The temple’s original zoo license expired in 2013, and wildlife authorities rejected attempts by the temple to extend it, until now.

“We will construct facilities for the zoo over 25 rai [four hectares] of land. Construction should be completed in six months,”  Pol. Col. Supitpong said

By Coconuts Bangkok April 26, 2016 / 16:13 ICT

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Sai Sin and the Sacred White Thread Thailand

Sai Sin and the Sacred White Thread Thailand

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Sai Sin and the Sacred White Thread Thailand. If you’re a regular visitor to Thailand, there is a good chance you’ve had white cotton bracelets tied round your wrists at some stage during your travels. This cotton thread has been blessed in advance by a Buddhist monk and is known as ‘sai sin‘. The sai sin is supposed to provide protection and good health to the person wearing it. The colour of the thread is usually white because it represents purity in Buddhism although other colours including red may be used depending on the region you are in and the circumstances. But the sacred white thread isn’t just worn on the wrist. If you visit a Thai temple on important Buddhist holidays, you may see grid-lines of white string attached to the main Buddha images.

Sai Sin and the Sacred White Thread Thailand

Sai Sin and the Sacred White Thread Thailand

Sai Sin and the Sacred White Thread Thailand

Sai sin in Buddhist ceremonies

Sai sin is present in a range of ceremonies in Thailand including weddings and funerals as well as blessing ceremonies when people move into a new home. At traditional weddings in Thailand the thread connects around the heads of the couple being married. Friends and family will also tie sai sin bracelets around the wrists of the newlyweds. At some Thai funerals, the white thread may be circled three times around the crematorium to wish the deceased good luck and protection in the next life.

Sai Sin and the Sacred White Thread Thailand

Sai Sin and the Sacred White Thread Thailand. At larger ceremonies there is often one big ball of string which is first tied around a Buddha image before being passed along to the monks in attendance. From there, the thread is passed along to everybody else in attendance. With each individual holding their hands in a wai, the thread is looped around each person. The thread may be strung around a person’s fingers or it can be looped around their head. The important thing is that the thread links everybody to the monks and the Buddha image. The chanting of the monks and the associated merit is then symbolically passed along the thread reaching all of the people in the congregation.

Sai Sin and the Sacred White Thread Thailand

Sai Sin and the Sacred White Thread Thailand

Sai Sin and the Sacred White Thread Thailand

The significance of the circle

The sai sin thread carries merit and protection. When the thread forms a circle the protective power is believed to be stronger because the circle is continuous.

The power of three

Three is a significant number in Buddhism because it represents the Triple Gem or the Three Jewels of Buddhism: Buddha, Dharma (the teachings of Buddha) and Sangha (the monkhood). When Thai Buddhists enter a temple they will often kneel in front of the main Buddha image and bow three times whilst placing their palms on the floor before bringing their hands together to form a respectful wai. The significance of three in Buddhism means that if sai sin is tied around your wrists, you should ideally keep it on for at least three days.

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The Emerald Buddha Mysteries and Chronicles

The Emerald Buddha Mysteries and Chronicles

Author: Corrie Lamprecht

The Emerald Buddha Mysteries and Chronicles

The Emerald Buddha Mysteries and Chronicles

The Emerald Buddha Mysteries and Chronicles. ‘I wrote a book about the Emerald Buddha – History and Chronicles. It is on Kindle for US$ 3.99. In Thailand I will sell direct with deposit to bank in PDF format – Tb 140. The .pdf has many more images than the Kindle version’.

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The Emerald Buddha Mysteries and Chronicles

In the Royal Palace of Bangkok, Thailand is one of the most revered images in the world. ‘The Emerald Buddha’ and its history stretched over more than 2,000 years. This is an easy to read historical presentation about this image; its journeys, the places it has been and the people influenced by it. Notes from the author. I have been living in Thailand since 2000 and the first three years I stayed in Bangkok. On two occasions, I visited the Royal Palace and temples there but nothing really took my fancy. It was only many years later when I was in Siem Reap, Cambodia at the Angkor Wat temples where I learned about some of the folklore, that my interest was really awakened in the history of South East Asia. So many things are ‘known’ but not really known. There is a lot of history here that is becoming forgotten, mostly because it does not fit into the wish list of those who write the history books today. A very rich history with so many amazing folklores. Over the past few years I have set off on an amazing series of discoveries and I am sad to see much of these wonderful historical incidents are being lost and forgotten; rapidly. There are fantastic stories about the first people that lived in this region over 3,000 years ago. The story of how this land came up from the sea, magical rulers that could change between being human and serpent. There are stories of love, war, honour and creation. Then in more recent times there are the stories of two boys that were doing amazing healings, caused great harvests, taught the people about medicine, astronomy, metalwork’s, the arts of singing, dancing and sculpture. There is the folklore of a magical sword; I have reason to believe it is in fact none other than the Royal Victory Sword of Thailand. Then there are the myths, stories – and history – of the Emerald Buddha.

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Bangkok Temples 9 famous Royal Temples

Bangkok Temples 9 Famous Royal Temples

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Bangkok’s 9 Royal Temples. There are 9 Royal Temples in Bangkok, each dedicated to a King in the Chakri Dynasty (of  whom the current King is from).  There is a tradition in Thailand to visit these Temples during the Songkhran period (Thai New Year) all in one day.  This is suppose to give good luck for the upcoming year.  At the bottom of this post there is a Google Map showing the locations of each of the 9 Royal Temples.   Also, each of the Temples below has links to an expanded description of each of the temples.

Seven of the 9 temples are found within the “Oldtown” Area of Bangkok (the area surrounding the Grand Palace). That is a good starting point to start your adventure of finding the 9 royal Temples. Wat Ratcha Orasaram is located on the Chonburi side of the Chao Phraya River and Wat Param Kao is located off of Rama IX Road.

King Rama I – Wat Pho

Bangkok’s 9 Royal Temples Wat Pho is an amazing piece of historical real estate, one that you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Bangkok.  As indicated in this Blog’s name, Wat Pho is the birthplace of Thai Massage.  What this means is the area of the Temple was used to develop healthful massage techniques, kind of like a medical school of long ago.

 

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Bangkok Temples. King Rama II – Wat Arun

Wat Arun (Wat Arunratchawararam) is one of the main city icons for Bangkok and really is impressive when you approach the Temple from the River.  The historic temple is located along the Chao Phraya River, on the west side, and across from the Grand Palace Complex. The name of the temple means “Temple of the Dawn”.

 

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Bangkok Temples. King Rama III – Wat Ratcha Orasaram

Wat Ratcha Orasaram Ratchaworawiharn is a first class royal monastery which has existed since the Ayutthaya period. The Temple’s original name was Wat Chom Thong and King Rama II renamed it to Wat Ratcha Orot, which means the temple was renovated by Ratcha Orot or “the King’s son” who was later crowned King Rama III.

 

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Bangkok Temples. King Rama IV – Wat Rajapradit

Wat Ratchapadit is a small temple originally built in 1864 on a former coffee plantation.   The temple is dedicated to King Rama IV who bought the plantation to build the temple for the people living in the Grand Palace to give them a place to practice Dhammayutika Nikaya  meditation near their residences.

 

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Bangkok Temples. King Rama V – Wat Ben

Wat Benchamabophit (commonly called Wat Ben) was constructed in 1899 at the request of King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V).  The Temple was located near King Chulalongkorn’s Palace following the construction of his own palace nearby. The Temple most notable feature is the stunning Italian Marble.

 

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Bangkok Temples. King Rama VI – Wat Boworn

Wat Bowonniwet Vihara Rajavaravihara, commonly called Wat Boworn, is a major Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand. This Temple is dedicated to King Rama VI.  The temple is a school for the Thai Theravada Buddhism and has been a major temple of patronage for the Chakri dynasty.

 

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Bangkok Temples. King Rama VII – Wat Rajabopit

Wat Ratchabophit is a Buddhist temple located in on Atsadang Road, Bangkok, along Khlong Lot, not far from Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. The temple was built during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), however, the temple is dedicated King Rama VII.

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Bangkok Temples. King Rama VIII – Wat Suthat

Wat Suthat (Wat Suthat Thep Wararam) is located adjacent to the “Giant Swing” and the swing is considered part of the Temple complex. The temple is also one of the official “Royal” Temples as well as a royal temple of the first grade, one of ten such temples in Bangkok. The temple grounds are beautifully maintained.  I suggest a tour of the temple for anyone interested in Thai Culture.

 

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Bangkok Temples. King Rama IX – Wat Praram Kao

Wat Praram Kao Kanchanapisek was built in 1995 from his Majesty the King’s royal initiatives. The Temple was lifted to be the royal monastery—third class in 1999. Wat Praram kao Kanchanapisek is a typical small temple that can be used by the Buddhists in the nearby community.

 

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Bangkok Temples Bangkok’s 9 Royal Temples are truly worth the visit.

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