Arts and Cultural Newsletter
Year 1 No. 4 December 6 , 2012
On the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King's 85th Birthday Anniversary on 5 December 2012, the Arts and Culture Newsletter would like to celebrate his royal grace in foreign affairs. Their Majestiesâ€™ royal visits to various nations in Europe, America and Asia has been one of the most important activities that has helped develop foreign relations and make the world get to know more about Thailand. He presented personal links with Heads of State as well as established ties between the people of Thailand and those of the countries he visited.
After His Majesty the King ascended the throne, his first country of royal visit to a foreign country was Republic of Vietnam by the invitation of President Ngo Dinh Diem on 18-21 December 1959. In the photo, His Majesty the King, H.E. President Ngo Dinh Diem, Her Majesty the Queen, and Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu saluted the Thai and Vietnamese flags.
Later in 1960, His Majesty the King, accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen, visited countries in Europe and the United States of America. At Washington DC, they were welcomed by the United Statesâ€™ government. Their Majesties the King and the Queen stood beside President Eisenhower and his wife at White House.
In the next photo, about 750,000 New Yorkers greeted Their Majesties in a traditional ticker tape parade along lower Broadway on the afternoon of July 5, 1960. The 20-minute ride in open cars to the City Hall was marked by an almost blinding fall of ticker tape and confetti thrown from nearby buildings.
On a royal visit to the United Kingdom from 19-23 July 1960, Their Majesties the King and Queen were greeted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Victoria Station. In 1994, the king visited Lao PDR in April 8 - 9, after the grand opening ceremony of the Thailand – Laos Friendship Bridge. Besides the visit to foreign countries, His Majesty the King granted the audience to royal guests and heads of states in return. They are greatly impressed with the Royal Family of Thailand and Thai people.
Reference: http://www.prdnorth.in.th/The_King/king-abroad_01.php http://kanchanapisek.or.th/activities/index.en.html
The kingdom has prospered immensely by His Majesty the King’s leadership in so many areas. His untiring devotion to the people of Thailand has improved the quality and well-being of their lives. He has thus become not only the most travelled monarch in Thai history, but also the most working hard-king in the world.
“Long Live His Majesty the King”
The Committee for Cultural Promotion .. MUIC..
Special Column: Count Down and Step Forward to Asian Community - Part 3
Cambodia “Sour Sdey”, or hello in Cambodian. In this issue, we are going to introduce one more member of the Asean Community, which is also one of our neighboring countries: Cambodia. Cambodia is adjacent to Thailand in seven provinces as follows; the north is adjacent to Ubonratchathani, Sisaket, Surin and Buriram, and the west is adjacent to Sakaeo, Chanthaburi and Trat. Finally, the south is adjacent to the Gulf of Thailand. Its capital is Phnom Penh. The total landmass of the country is 181,035 square kilometers or about 1/3 of Thailand. The topography of Cambodia is like a basin as the middle of the country contains big lakes and Mekong Basin River, and surrounded by three big mountains. The national government is democratic under a constitutional monarchy. The current prime minister is Hun Sen. Its population is about 14.8 million. Ninety six percent are Khmer, 2.2% are salami, 0.4% are Vietnamese and 0.2% are Chinese. Theravada Buddhism is the official religion. The main language is Khmer, while English, Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese are also used. The currency is Riels which the exchange rate is about 100 Riels per 1 Baht. The main income of the country is tourism while, garment, fish, rubber and cement are the main export products. The famous attraction and landmark is Angkor Wat, which was registered as a world heritage site. Some of the Cambodian traditions are similar to Thailand’s such as Songkran and Loy Krathong festivals. The popular food in Cambodian is Amok which is similar to Thai Hor Mok. It is the mixture of fish (or other kinds of meat such as chicken), chili paste and coconut milk, cooked by steam. Fish is the main dish in Cambodian because it has abundant rivers which are plenty of fish. For more information about Cambodia, please visit http://www.aseanthailand.org/cambodia_info.pdf