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Display of spirit house and offering at the “Decoding Thainess” exhibition. (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

 

Long-time expats and even Thais find it hard to explain what Thainess or “Kwam Pen Thai” means. The answer is not easy, which may itself explain why Museum Siam is using all two floors of its 19th–century European-style home to an exhibition dubbed, aptly,“Decoding Thainess”.

 

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through all things presumably Thai -from everyday items like student uniforms, instant noodles and lottery tickets to the more conceptual Thai identity of the national anthem.

 

“So many answers surround us. Take a close look and you will see,” says a sign at a beginning of the tour. Visitors are encouraged to decode the Thainess by themselves and take the answers home to ponder.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/decoding-thainess-the-thai-way/

 

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On 12/4/2021 at 7:36 AM, Wiggy said:

I have my own explanation of ‘Thainess’, but I don’t want to upset the moderators. 

Don't worry they're foreigners.

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