Rediscovering long-lost theatrical performances to honor the late King Bhumibol

Thai artists revive the kingdom’s most legendary performing arts to stage as funeral entertainment in honmage to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Khon, Royal Funeral Entertainment
Sereechai Puttes/Time Out Bangkok

To pay tribute to the late monarch, Time Out Bangkok shines the spotlight on three rare performing arts: the Manorah ballet, which was co-composed by the late king and will be restaged for the first time in 25 years; the Nang Yai, a rarely-seen shadow puppet show that most Thais have never seen in their lives; and the Hoon Luang, a delicate puppet show that’s believed to be lost since the reign of King Rama V a few hundred years ago.

A brief history of entertainments at Thai royal funerals
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A brief history of entertainments at Thai royal funerals

Theatrical performances to celebrate the return of god-like kings to heaven, as well as their legacy left on earth.

Manohra Ballet
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Manohra Ballet

The Thai-style ballet co-composed by His Majesty will be restaged for the first time in 25 years.

Nang Yai
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Nang Yai

A traditional shadow puppet show that encompasses numerous heritage arts. 

Hoon Luang
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Hoon Luang

The highest class of Thai puppets even many of us have never seen.