The banner at the top of the page is a painting that was commissioned from a well known contemporary artist in Thailand by Thai Lotus Restaurant and hangs opposite the entrance. It portrays a very popular mythical story that is so old it is mirrored in many south east asian cultures.Like all great myths, the story-line is moralistic ( a fable). It is also serialised over more than a human life-time.
The particular episode depicted may be briefly explained as follows:-
Deep in the heart of the Kamala Kingdom lies a magical forest glade, where reside the graceful Kinnaree, the half-bird, half-woman angels of age-old myths.The Prince comes across this enchanted place and is entranced by the magnificent beauty he finds there. Overwhelmed with desire, he decides to capture one of these fascinating creatures using his magic lasso. The sight of the tearful and terrified angel fills the heart of the young boy with great pain and regret and he is taught a princely lesson in compassion from the delicate Kinnaree.