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Old May 28th, 2006, 01:00 AM   #521
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Old May 28th, 2006, 09:20 AM   #522
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Old May 28th, 2006, 10:48 AM   #523
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Art and identity


Nationally acclaimed artist Preecha Thaothong explains how he finds inspiration in the region's glorious history

For Preecha Thaothong, 58, a former dean of Silapakorn University's Faculty of Painting and Sculpture and nationally acclaimed artist, Mother Nature is the ultimate model for all forms of art.

"In my opinion, works of art are the quintessential expression of mankind and nationhood. In other words, works of art represent civilisations as well as national identity and cultural heritage.


"In this respect, I regard my work over the past four decades as contemporary Thai art in the reign of King Rama IX," says Preecha, a master of visual arts, including painting, collage and mixed media.


Several years ago Preecha was one of the seven leading national artists selected to create paintings for "Mahajanaka", a book penned by His Majesty the King, who himself is a very knowledgeable and versatile artist whether it be in painting, sculpture or photography.


More recently Preecha has worked for Thai Airways International (THAI) as its chief artistic consultant for the national flag-carrier's multibillion-baht head-office and hotel projects at the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport.


The underlying concept of the THAI projects is Suvarnabhumi, which literally means "Golden Land".


"Historically Suvarnabhumi included Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Culturally, this vast area was heavily influenced by the civilisations of India and China via trade, religion etc.


"Today all nations in Suvarnabhumi still have some common traits, namely an agriculture-based way of life, Buddhism and similar art and culture," Preecha says.


"The lotus is a good example of the heritage of Suvarnabhumi. India has the lotus, so do Thailand and other Indo-Chinese nations, which is why we've created the Suvarnabhumi airport hotel in the form of a giant glass lotus that reflects its surroundings.


"In addition, hundreds of original paintings and sculptures that reflect the cultural heritage of Suvarnabhumi have been installed in guest rooms, along the corridors and in the lobby and other facilities," says Preecha, who holds a master's in Fine Arts from Silapakorn University and a diploma from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome.


Preecha is currently holding an exhibition at Burapha University in Chon Buri province, which showcases his work based on the effect of light and shade on Buddhist monasteries in Thailand and neighbouring countries.


"It covers monasteries in three former kingdoms which shared the Buddhist faith. The first is Lanna or Chiang Saen, which today includes several provinces in northern Thailand. This area was under the religious and cultural influence of what is today Burma for nearly two centuries. It was also influenced by Sip Song Panna in southern China," he says. "The second is Lan Chang, the former kingdom north of the Mekong, which today is [parts of] Burma, northeastern Thailand, southern China, Vietnam and Cambodia.


"The third is Sri Ayutthaya, which is today central Thailand. It's like a hub in Suvarnabhumi, characterised by a Buddhist way of life, the monarchy and an agrarian society.


"In other words, the work depicts a cultural triangle covering today's Thailand, Laos and Burma," Preecha says.


"Overall, the exhibition also shows the evolution of my work from 1970 until the present day. It started very abstract. From 1975 onwards it was sort of semi-abstract, and since 2003 it's been more realistic," he says.


Interestingly, Preecha's three younger brothers are also outstanding practitioners of the visual arts. Suchart Thaothong, an associate professor at Burapha University, is an award-winning watercolourist, Somchai Thaothong is a renowned sculptor, and youngest brother Suvichan has won several awards for his paintings and sketches.


In 2000 the four Thaothong brothers held a joint exhibition at the National Gallery to mark HM the King's 72nd birthday.


They also auctioned some of their work to raise funds for HM the King's charity projects.


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Old May 28th, 2006, 12:39 PM   #524
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I have just read the article interviewed Helmut Jahn on Brutus.
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really amazing airport!! best in Asia without doubt!
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Old May 29th, 2006, 02:10 PM   #525
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And what does it say ? for those who cannot read it
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Old May 29th, 2006, 04:42 PM   #526
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And what does it say
i was abt to ask for the same thing.. ha haa

btw, when is it finally scheduled 2b opened?
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Old May 31st, 2006, 12:14 PM   #527
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This thread has been beyond the standard 500 posts for quite some time. Should we have Part II ?
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Old May 31st, 2006, 01:07 PM   #528
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how about starting a new thread when the airport is about to be open in sept?
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Old May 31st, 2006, 01:12 PM   #529
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how about starting a new thread when the airport is about to be open in sept?
that's good idea but.... are you sure that it will be on September?
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Old May 31st, 2006, 01:14 PM   #530
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I just noticed that it already exceeds 500 posts.
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Old June 11th, 2006, 02:04 AM   #531
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Budget airline passengers will test new airport

Airports of Thailand Plc said today that five budget airlines have agreed to participate in tests of the overall systems at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi international airport on July 29, before its official opening about two months later, a senior official said Saturday.

Somchai Sawasdipol, director of Suvarnabhumi airport, said five low-cost airlines had agreed to join tests of the check-in system at both arrival and departure lounges. He indicated that his agency was also contacting Thai Airways International to participate in the test as well.

The government will hold a press conference on the plan to hold the test after meeting with the airport committee on June 19, he said.

Nok Air, one of five budget airlines which will participate in the test, plans to make a stopover at the new airport for its flight from Chiang Mai in the North to Hat Yai in the South, Mr. Somchai said.

Airports of Thailand also plans to conduct similar tests for international flights, including Hong Kong and Japan, in the near future so that they can be well prepared before the official opening of the new facility. (TNA)



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Old June 11th, 2006, 04:39 AM   #532
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great!
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Old June 11th, 2006, 10:39 AM   #533
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yeah, so excited to use the new airport
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Old June 11th, 2006, 10:51 AM   #534
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Awesome airport, can't wait to use it.
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Old June 11th, 2006, 11:30 PM   #535
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Old June 13th, 2006, 12:17 AM   #536
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Thailand waives fees to attract budget carriers to new airport

BANGKOK, June 6, 2006 (AFP) - Thailand is offering to waive landing fees at Bangkok's new international airport to attract low-cost airlines to the facility which is expected to open in late September, officials said Tuesday.

Thailand's civil aviation chief Chaisak Angsuwan said budget carriers could begin running test flights with some passengers at the new Suvarnabhumi Airport as early as next month, before the official opening in late September.

"We are offering incentives for those to start flying to the new airport in July," he told AFP.

Thai aviation authorities certified the airport as ready for commercial traffic on May 25 but major international carriers have said they would need at least six months to complete the move from the existing Don Muang airport.

Chaisak said the authorities hoped budget carriers would be able to move more quickly since they tend to be smaller companies with fewer logistical hurdles.

However, the International Air Transport Association, which represents some 250 airlines, urged Thai authorities not to give special treatment to budget carriers.

"IATA demands a level playing field for all carriers that will operate at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The first priority of any airport should be efficiency and lower charges for all airlines," IATA spokesman Albert Tjoeng said from its Singapore office.

Thailand wants to move all commercial flights to Suvarnabhumi while using the old airport for military and charter services.

Suvarnabhumi Airport, whose name means "golden land", has been in the works for more than 40 years but construction delays and claims of graft have repeatedly delayed its opening.

The September opening date will leave one month for the new airport to prepare for heavy traffic during Thailand's peak tourist season, which begins in late October, Chaisak said.

Thailand hopes the new airport, with an initial capacity of 45 million passengers annually, will surpass rivals Singapore and Malaysia as the region's most important hub. Its capacity can be expanded to 120 million passengers annually.

The airport will relieve traffic congestion at Bangkok's existing Don Muang international airport which currently accommodates 38.5 million passengers annually although it was designed to handle only 36 million.
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Suvarnabhumi International Airport Scheduled to Open 9/28/06

BANGKOK, June 8, 2006 (TNA) - Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi Airport is now set to open for commercial purposes on September 28, the Transport Ministry announced here on Wednesday.The opening date of the Suvarnabhumi International Airport was set recently by the government commmittee on management and development of the new airport, Deputies Transport Minister Gen.Chainant Charoensiri and Mr. Phumtham Wechayachai told a press conference after a meeting here Wednesday with the board of directors of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), the national flag carrier. A new committee comprising of representatives of all parties concerned, including Airports of Thailand Public Co., Ltd. (AOT), the Customs Department, the Immigration Bureau, THAI and other international airlines, would also be set up to oversee the relocation of Bangkok's internatonal airport from the Don Muang Airport to the Suvarnabhumi Airport, the two ministers said.The committee set-up will be complete by June 17 when Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will chair a meeting of all the parties concerned to review all projects and plans involving the Suvarnabhumi Airport, including the remaining construction and decoration works, to ensure that the new airport will be opened as scheduled, according to the ministers.Gen. Chainant oversees AOT, while Mr. Phumtham supervises THAI."Construction and decoration works at the Suvarnabhumi Airport have been nearly complete at the moment. Only some minor works are to be settled over the next four months; so, I can say we're now ready for the opening of the new airport," said Gen. Chainant.

THAI will begin moving its offices from the Don Muang Airport in early September and will completely move to the new airport the night before its opening on September 28, according to the company's top management. (TNA)--
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Old June 14th, 2006, 12:21 AM   #538
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Huge!!!

This is another beautiful airport in this region.. I bet in Asia Pacific region alone, we have so many beautiful and big airport..to name a few Changi, KLIA, Shanghai Pudong, Hong Kong, Narita, Kansai and etc...
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Old June 19th, 2006, 05:44 AM   #539
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i totally love this airport ;]. another thing that makes me want to go to thailand ahaha...
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Old June 20th, 2006, 02:28 PM   #540
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All flights mustuse new airport from Sept 28

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Suvarnabhumi international airport will handle all regular commercial flights into Bangkok from Sept 28, caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced yesterday.


Mr Thaksin, who chaired a meeting of the Suvarnabhumi airport development committee yesterday, based his announcement on briefings he received on progress in the airport's construction.


Progress and system checks justified the confidence that Suvarnabhumi could take over all regular commercial operations from Don Muang airport in one go at 3am on Sept 28, he said.


He had ordered Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) to inform all airlines flying into Bangkok of the decision.


A plan for Don Muang airport to serve low-cost airlines had been cancelled, Mr Thaksin said.


"All regular commercial flights will switch to Suvarnabhumi, while Don Muang airport will, from then on, serve only government and military flights, along with private and charter flights," he said.


Don Muang could be used to reduce the workload of Suvarnabhumi in the future if the new airport reaches its full capacity of serving 45 million passengers annually, he said.


Don Muang's air passenger volume stands at 39 million annually.


Caretaker Transport Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal expected Suvarnabhumi to be at full capacity in three years.


The first international terminal building and the domestic terminal at Don Muang would be maintained for possible future use. The second international terminal would be developed into a museum and exhibition complex.


Mr Pongsak said expanding Suvarnabhumi had not been discussed seriously yet to protect the price of AOT shares.


Ahead of Sept 28, Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, PB Air, Nok Air, One-Two-Go and Thai AirAsia would direct some of their non-connecting domestic flights to land at Suvarnabhumi from July 29 for real tests. But flights out of Bangkok would depart from Don Muang as usual.


There would be enough public transport services and facilities available to serve passengers of the selected flights from July 29 onwards, and the passengers would also receive special certificates to mark their early appearance at the new airport, said Mr Pongsak.

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