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Wat Phra That Hariphunchai : Lamphun

Posted by arnon_k On February - 28 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai was built in the reign of King Athittayarat of the Raman dynasty in 897. Later on in 1433 during the reign of King Tilokraj, the King of Chiang Mai, it was repaired and renewed ; five new pagodas in the Srilanka style were built and added. The pagodas enshrine the ashes of the Lord Buddha. Religious ceremonies of the province are performed here.

The Phrathat Hariphunchai Pagoda has a nine-tiered umbrella made of gold weighing about 6500 grams. The square-shaped base of the 46-meter-high gold-topped chedi in the center of the courtyard is the oldest structure in the temple. Ten centuries younger world. The sala was restored in 1915 after it was damaged by fire.

Though plot details of the much buzzed about “Hangover 2” remain mostly under wraps, Liam Neeson is spilling a few secrets from the set.

“I play an Irish tattooist, strangely enough, living in Bangkok,” Neeson, who replaced Mel Gibson in the role, tells MTV. “At least, I made him Irish.”

And although the movie finds the original “Hangover” gang — Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) — heading to Thailand for Stu’s wedding, Neeson’s scenes were actually filmed in California.

“Didn’t make [it to] Thailand,” he says. “I made [it to] Warner Bros.’ studio… They built a set, which could’ve been in Thailand.”

Still, Neeson had a blast with his hilarious co-stars, whom he likens to a legendary comedy trio.

“It was good to be with Bradley Cooper — he’s a buddy — and the other two gentlemen. I’d never met them before, but I love what they do,” he says. “The three of them are just, they reinvent the Three Stooges in a very funny way.”

Thailand insists Cambodia fired first

Posted by arnon_k On February - 7 - 2011 1 COMMENT

Spokesmen for the Thai government and the Thai army insisted on Monday that Cambodian forces began the fighting in disputed territory along the border near Preah Vihear temple, a world heritage site.

Panitan Wattanayagorn, acting spokesman of the Thai government, told a press conference that Cambodia started the fighting in a bid to get other countries to get involved in the bilateral Thai-Cambodia conflict.

He said the Thai government fully supported the action the Thai army took to handle the border situation, and that Thai retaliation was aimed only at military targets.

Army spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkumnerd also insisted that Thailand did not start the fighting.

He also said it would be difficult for Thailand to enter bilateral negotiations with Cambodia because Phnom Penh would present a distorted point of view.

Foreign affairs minister’s secretary Chavanond Intarakomalsut said the the ministry already advised the United Nations that Cambodia had encroached on Thai territory.

The ministry had advised the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) that it opposes Cambodia having sole management right to the Preah Vihear world heritage site and its vicinity.

The ministry had also complained to the United Nations Security Council that Cambodia failed to abide by a truce agreement and that Phnom Penh was trying to get international intervention in its conflict with Thailand to further its own aims.

Thailand ‘ready to explain’ to UN

Posted by arnon_k On February - 7 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Thailand is ready and willing to explain its position in the border conflict with Cambodia to the United Nations Security Council, government acting spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said on Monday.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked the UN to intervene in the Thai-Cambodian conflict.

Mr Panitan said that Thailand had previously explained the situation with Cambodia to the UN Security Council and would send additional explanations to the council if Cambodia repeated its complaint.

Mr Panitan said the agenda of the council depend on the decisions of its permanent members and non-permanent members. All the members must agree with the agenda first.

Thailand has briefed its representatives. The council may reach a resolution, but the process is complicated and permanent member countries have the right to veto a resolution.

“Mostly, it considers situations without reaching a resolution. If some country wants to get involved by deploying its forces, that would need approval from the five permanent member countries.

“For an issue to be discussed it must be seen as a serious issue.

“At present, there are the issues in Egypt and Tunisia. The issue of Thailand and Cambodia must follow the procedures. If there is a complaint, we are ready to explain. That is it,” Mr Panitan said.