21st Bo Sang Umbrella Festival and San Kamphaeng Handicraft Fair
Spectacular and colorful
Phitsanu Thepthong and Natchawi Srirat
The Umbrella Festival and San Kamphaeng Handicraft Fair
took place at Bo Sang Village, San Kamphaeng District, where the local
cottage industry of umbrella making and handicraft production is still
The festival was organized by the Chiang Mai Provincial
Authorities, San Kamphaeng District and Ton Pao Municipality Office and was
sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
The opening ceremony was presided over by Deputy Minister of Interior
Pramual Rujanaseri and the event attracted several thousand people. It
featured various products on show and for sale, beauty contests, decorated
floats with Miss Umbrella entrants, cultural shows, umbrella making,
umbrella and fan painting, the Miss Bo Sang beauty pageant and folk
Minister of Interior Pramual presses the button to officially open the
young boy and girl, seated on a beautifully decorated tricycle, wai to greet
the onlookers along both sides of the main road.
students in the parade, some carrying the Tung flag.
kindergarten students marching band.
of the beauty contestants.
young girl performs a sword dance to pay respect to her teacher and guests
of honor before her sword dance.
floats and young children.
Bo Sang beauty contestants had to ride a bicycle, while holding an umbrella
(and look beautiful)!
SE Asian Art Exhibition
“Identities versus Globalisation?”
The Heinrich Boell Foundation launched its new exhibition
project “Identities versus Globalisation?” in mid-2001, which has now
become ready for general exhibition at the Chiang Mai Art Museum February
Dam Thuy from Vietnam, “Two Sides of the Gold Coin” which he explains
as, “I believe in a future where we will strive to preserve the best of
our national traditions and attributes without blindly succumbing to the
power of money.”
The exhibition comprises works from almost 60 of the most
promising and ambitious artists from 10 SE Asian countries (Malaysia,
Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos
and of course Thailand).
Kunavichayanont’s “Share benefits - Venice of the East” from her
series, “Twelve Reasons Why Thai People Don’t Need to Be Afraid of
The curator of the exhibition, Dr. Jorg Loeschmann, said
the theme of the exhibition stems from other Heinrich Boell Foundation
initiatives in the region where identity building processes in modernisation
and globalisation have become increasingly central in intellectual,
conceptual and artistic manifestations.
The exhibition deals with one of the most taxing and
contradictory questions that people have to face, regardless of their level
of awareness of it. The resulting art conveys the deepest insights of the
artists, touching the hearts and minds of the curious in one sense or
another. In certain cases, it will motivate the public into a critical
analysis of their own actions and how they are perceived by and relate to
In Chiang Mai, an international symposium “Cultural Dimensions of
Globalisation” along with a conference “Debating Identity and
Globalisation” will allow the artists, art theorists and managers as well
as the public to debate these issues.
Rotary Club of Chiangmai West celebrates New Year
Text by Michael Vogt
Photos by Michael and Marion Vogt
‘Leave your worries behind and party’ was the overall
theme and atmosphere at last Saturday’s New Year party at the Amari
Rincome Hotel. Members and spouses turned out in full force, following the
call from incoming President Preecha, who will take over the club from July.
Traditionally, the incoming president is in charge of organizing this party,
and he and his committee did a great job. Not only was there a sumptuous
Thai buffet, but it was also arranged that each member and guest received a
special gift during the night, even just a little something that made
Well-versed Sergeant-at-Arms Banjob led everyone through
the events of the night, hitting the right tone straight from the beginning.
Being in charge of the entertainment, he organized karaoke, lucky draws, and
some not-so-serious, yet competitive games.
Surprisingly, it was not difficult to convince those
present to participate in the activities, and one could hear a number of
Rotarians presenting a rendition of all time favorite songs, and others
quietly eating food they normally wouldn’t look at. Karaoke affects
different people in different ways!
A very enjoyable evening, and the club indeed deserved a break from
looking after others. The Rotary Club Chiangmai West is one of the 10 Rotary
Clubs in town, and will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the same time as
Rotary International will celebrate its centenary next year. With this
regular New Year party being so much fun, we are looking forward to the
activities for that upcoming occasion.
the many ‘Crooners’ was Past President Michael Vogt, delivering his
rendition of “My Way”, or was it “Thai Way”, or “Hit the
shakers of the club - Rotarian Daniel Peterson and Past President Surachai
felt the rhythm of the night.
and guests cheering the watermelon and pumpkin seed eaters.
President Preecha had it on the tip of his tongue...
Immediate Past President Marc Dumur and his wife Luxami.
Three Jewels in the Heart of Chiang Mai (Part 2)
Text by Jim Messenger
Photos by Chin Ratitamkul
Last week we began to discover three jewels in the heart
of Chiang Mai. These have art at its best in this city and places where it
can be seen. Last week we visited the Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural
Museum, at the Three Kings Monument.
Buddha image at Wat Chedi Luang.
Our next stop is across the street, next to the remains
of the navel temple, to visit the newly opened Chiang Mai Province Local
Museum. It’s a smallish space filled with amazing painted panels that run
on for kilometers and focus on the Golden Age of the Kingdom of Lana in the
form of King Tilokaraj the Great (1441-1487). He is the King who brought the
Emerald Buddha to Chiang Mai and installed it in the giant chedi at Wat
Chedi Luang. He also set up the 8th World Buddhist Council that took place
in 1477, bringing monks from around the Buddhist world to Lanna. Surely this
was the glory time of Lanna?
giant chedi at Wat Chedi Luang.
The king had, through statesmanship and might of arms,
extended his kingdom in all directions. Even the king of mighty Sukothai
composed a poem in his honor.
The exhibition takes a slow tour around these
stupendously detailed dioramas of Lanna life, ending in an inner covered
courtyard that hosts some most magnificent stuccoed friezes that document
the coming of Emerald Buddha to this city.
90 year old Lanna Architecture Museum is set behind hoary old faded rosewood
Above, in the surrounding galleries, samples of Thai ways
of life (including a stockade), lead one to view representations of four
venerated local monks whose pivotal role in the development of Chiang Mai is
thereby attested to. The whole exhibition can be experienced through a very
professional-looking palm recorder/tape device that leads you through the
numbered exhibits. A very nice idea. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Finally our journey leads us to the corner of Propokklao
and Rachadamnoen Roads, just a hop skip and a jump away. Pause on the way to
explore a small soi on the left behind the Mercedes Benz establishment. Be
sure to bring some flowers with you, because here you will find a fine
spirit house on the spot where it is believed King Mengrai, founder of the
city, was struck by lightning and died 700 or so years ago. The spot has
been zealously guarded, who knows how long, by the same family.
Move along at your own leisure down to the corner to view the shady,
retiring matron, who is the third inner city jewel. This one is called the
Lanna Architecture Museum. Set behind hoary old faded rosewood walls, the
90-year-old house inside the grounds is surely worth the visit. Half of
stucco and half of wood, the venerable madam commands attention still and
one can easily imagine the carriages driving into the ground to allow
benighted and bejeweled guests to alight. Downstairs are the beginnings of a
historical documentation of Chiang Mai’s domestic architecture. Also on
display are some watercolors featuring local scenes. On till the end of the
month. Tuesday through Saturday. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.