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Bangkok is a city that NEVER sleeps. Teenage men and women enjoy great freedom. I remember being so surprised that my Thai buddies never told their parents where they were going or what they were doing. “Sanuk”, having fun, is critcal in Thai society.
The Spirit House can be seen at a prominent spot outside every business establishment in the country. It can be seen on a pedestal in Front of every hotel. It dresses the corner garden area of a restaurant, the Front of a bar, disco or put Spirit houses are even seen at outdoor food markets. They are built on the grounds of Buddhist temples. outside caves in the mountains, near Fishing ponds in the valleys, and occasionally in the middle of an otherwise uninhabited forest. Most importantly, however. the Thai Spirit House is built at the yard of every home.
Thailand is home to the largest, oldest, most prominent, and most integrated overseas Chinese community in the world with a population of approximately 9.5 million people. Most Thai Chinese have been in Thailand for five generations or more; the Thai-Chinese have been deeply ingrained into all elements of Thai society for the past 400 years.
There are more than 400 functioning Buddhist temples throughout the city and it’s not uncommon when you travel in Bangkok to spot saffron robed monks collecting morning alms or traveling throughout out the city, including along the Chao Phraya, the “River of Kings”,
The 2007 Constitution of Thailand , and all seventeen versions since 1932, contain the clause, &quot;The King shall be enthroned in a position of revered worship and shall not be violated. No person shall expose the King to any sort of accusation or action.&quot; Thai Criminal Code elaborates in Article 112: &quot;Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.&quot; Missing from the Code, however, is a definition of what actions constitute &quot;defamation&quot; or &quot;insult&quot;.  From 1990 to 2005, the Thai court system only saw four or five lese-majesty cases a year. From January 2006 to May 2011, however, more than 400 cases came to trial, an estimated 1,500 percent increase.  Observers attribute the increase to increased polarization following the 2006 military coup and sensitivity over the elderly king's declining health. 
Muay Thai kickboxing is probably the most popular spectator sport in Thailand. Almost anything goes both in the ring and the stands. If you want to watch a Muay Thai fight night there are Muay Thai stadiums all over the country. The wild musical accompaniment, the ceremonial beginning to each match, along with the devastating martial arts action will make it a night to remember.
Thai food is generally spicy hot. White rice is the staple with cooked food placed on top. Entertaining in restaurants is common and the eldest pays! Outdoor restaurants, with folk music are very popular.
BCOM 400 Thai Culture Through Photos
Above all, peace in personal relationships shaped by culture Please refer to the explanatory notes on each slide The Nation- A Major Newspaper In support of the class YouTube on Thai culture .
Current Weather Current Time in Bangkok Bangkok, my favorite city, has a population of over 12 million people. Check out NASA photos of Bangkok at night.
Siddhartha Gautama , the spiritual teacher later known as Gautama Buddha, is said to have achieved enlightenment, or Bodhi . To show respect, Thais will wrap the Bo tree where Buddha reached enlightenment.
My buddy of 35 years, Neo, a Thai-Chinese. His Dad spoke Chinese. Note that he is standing at attention in a Chinese temple out of respect to the deity. Neo speaks only Thai and English. We were apartment mates for 3 years. We have stayed in touch by phone ands visits for over 30 years.
Thai Temples Note the Thai national flag displayed in this temple on the river.
Tremendous respect for the Royal Family and the King of Thailand Neo, again at attention to show his respect for the Royal Family