• Short Summary

    THE THAI GOVERNMENT HAS BUILT AN INSTITUTION FOR THE COUNTRY'S DESTITUTE AND HOMELESS CHILDREN. IT?

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    THE THAI GOVERNMENT HAS BUILT AN INSTITUTION FOR THE COUNTRY'S DESTITUTE AND HOMELESS CHILDREN. IT IS CALLED THE YOUTH INSTITUTION OF MAHARAJ FOUNDATION, AND IS SITUATED AT RANGSIT, 15 MILES NORTHWEST OF BANGKOK. ON MONDAY (DEC. 27), KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ, DECLARED OPEN THE INSTITUTION IN COMMEMORATION OF HIS 36TH BIRTHDAY WHICH HE CELEBRATED RECENTLY.

    IT WAS BUILT AT A COST OF 10 MILLION BAHTS (ABOUT GBP172,430 STERLING). THE MONEY WAS DONATED BY PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE TO THE MAHARAJ FOUNDATION FUND.

    THE INSTITUTION HAS 20-LIVING QUARTERS, SCHOOL, WORKSHOP, RECREATION CENTRE, A FARM, POWER PLANT AND CENTRAL KITCHEN. AT PRESENT IT HAS 350 DESTITUTE AND HOMELESS BOYS WHOSE AGES RANGE FROM SEVEN TO 18.

    ABOUT 470 MILES NORTH OF BANGKOK IS CHIENGMAI, THE LARGEST AND OLDEST CITY OF THAILAND, IT WAS FOUNDED IN 1296 A.D. BY MENGRAI, A THAI CHIEFTAIN. THE CITY IS SOMETIMES AFFECTIONATELY CALLED THE 'ROSE OF THE NORTH'.

    EARLY LAST WEEK, A GROUP OF PRESSMEN FROM THE SOUTH VISITED THE CITY AND WERE TAKEN TO A TEAKWOOD FOREST TO SEE TRAINED ELEPHANTS AT WORK. IN THE OLDEN DAYS, ELEPHANTS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE DEFENCE OF THAILAND FROM INVADING ARMIES. SINCE THE ADVENT OF RAILROADS AND HIGHWAYS, ELEPHANTS ARE NOT SO NUMEROUS IN THE JUNGLES OF THAILAND IN RECENT YEARS.

    AT NIGHT, THE VISITORS WERE ENTERTAINED TO THAI CLASSICAL DANCES. THE DANCES ARE QUITE AN ELABORATE ENTERTAINMENT AND A RARE TREAT FOR VISITORS TO THIS COUNTRY. THIS PARTICULAR DANCE IS CALLED 'FOONLEP' AND IT DATES BACK TO ABOUT 13. B.C. DURING THE REIGN OF KING RAMKOMHANG. THE GRACEFUL MOVEMENTS OF THE BODY AND HANDS (NOTE THE FALSE LONG CURVED FINGER NAILS) TELL A STORY OF ANCIENT THAILAND.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4JQ0FH5ORN03UX39QANDZMIHB
    Media URN:
    VLVA4JQ0FH5ORN03UX39QANDZMIHB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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