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Subject: Travel & Adventure

PanAsia: Journeys in Asian Cuisine

Host Sian Richards takes viewers on an unforgettable journey across Asia, discovering the histories, cultures and exotic cuisines of China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Released in association with CCI, Releasing, Inc. Programs available on 26 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Click for more

Thailand: Udon Thani, Issan - The Cradle of Thai Civilization

Thailand: Udon Thani, Issan - Cradle of Thai Civilization

Located in the Issan region of Thailand, the province of Udon Thani's history dates back over five thousand years - making it the oldest site of human habitation in all of Southeast Asia. Host Sian Richards meets with Professor Woranganvijya to tour the Phnom Rung Temple, which dates back nearly 600 years and has been restored to its former splendor. She learns that unlike most Thai temples, which are Buddhist, this Khmer temple is Hindu and was once part of the Angkor Empire. Next, with her guide, Luke, she discovers Thailand is famous for its silk, having developed a method of silk weaving that's unique in the world. She then learns how to prepare Serpent Head Fish and sticky rice with Chef Kwan. Next she journeys back in time to Ban Chiang, known as "the Cradle of Thai Civilization," to explore the Ban Chiang Excavation Site, where recent archeological findings prove ancient people of this area developed rice farming, domesticated animals and created intricate art and pottery earlier than any other civilization here. Then Sian gives the game of Takraw a try; it's an acrobatic form of volleyball using only your feet and head. 07/09DE JSCA 30 min.
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