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Railway Cuttings – The Hairdressers of Hualamphong

Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station is a veritable mecca for photographers, with its combination of historic architecture, beautiful light that changes by the hour, and colourful crowds of people coming & going.

On my last visit I saw a row of men sitting in chairs getting haircuts behind platform 12, took a few photos, and assumed it was probably a one-off charity thing. But I went back to the station yesterday and saw it was happening again, so I asked one of the hairdressers what was happening.

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It’s Monk Time! Bangkok’s Vietnamese Novices

Quang Ngo was 14 when, after seeing the respect accorded to a monk who visited his village in rural Vietnam, he decided the monastic life was for him, and went to live in his local temple shortly after. Quang Thang was 16 when he saw a monk caring for people at his local hospital in Hue, and likewise decided that that was what he wanted to do with his life.

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