Nang Yai Wat Ban Don Museum

Nang Yai Wat Ban Don Museum, Rayong: Address, Nang Yai Wat Ban Don Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Nang Yai Wat Ban Don Museum

Nang Yai Wat Ban Don Museum
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David B
By David B
Preserving Thai Culture and History
Oct 2015
Forty five years ago I sat on a wooden stool in a small street in the suburbs of Bangkok and watched a Thai shadow puppet show. I didn't understand what was going on because all the singing and chanting was in Thai, but I was thoroughly enthralled with the antics of the shadow puppets and the skill with which the puppeteers manipulated them. You would be very lucky to find such an authentic shadow puppet show today, but this ancient Thai theatre form is kept alive and well at several places throughout Thailand. One such is Wat Ban Don in Rayong Province, about 170 km south of Bangkok, which has been performing and preserving the art form for 200 years. Shadow puppets, or Nang Yai in Thai, are carved from a single large piece of buffalo hide and then painted. Backed by soft light, the puppets are moved across a screen to tell the story, accompanied by singing, chanting and music. The art form originated in the 15th century in the southern provinces of Thailand. The ruler of Rayong Province, Phraya Sri Samut Phokhaphai Chokchitsongkhram (Ket Yomchinda for short), heard about the puppets and hired a puppet troupe to come to Rayong to teach the art form and perform shadow puppet plays. Wat Don Ban is now home to more than 100 puppets, some of them authenticated as 200 years old. The shadow play stories are based on the Indian epic Ramakien or Ramayana. You can watch a performance at Wat Ban Don but you must give three days notice.

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Moo 4, Wat Ban Don Temple Choeng Noen, Rayong 21000 Thailand

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pierremichelshanghai
Bangkok, Thailand1,252 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
This school and museum is preserving the old art of shadow puppet theater. It is located next to ban Don temple. Some of the puppets are more than 200 years old. They regularly have shows but you will need to call upfront because the schedule is not posted anywhere. We had a highly educational talk with one of the teachers about the history of shadow puppets.
Written August 9, 2017
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David B
Rayong, Thailand9,813 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
Forty five years ago I sat on a wooden stool in a small street in the suburbs of Bangkok and watched a Thai shadow puppet show. I didn't understand what was going on because all the singing and chanting was in Thai, but I was thoroughly enthralled with the antics of the shadow puppets and the skill with which the puppeteers manipulated them.

You would be very lucky to find such an authentic shadow puppet show today, but this ancient Thai theatre form is kept alive and well at several places throughout Thailand.

One such is Wat Ban Don in Rayong Province, about 170 km south of Bangkok, which has been performing and preserving the art form for 200 years.

Shadow puppets, or Nang Yai in Thai, are carved from a single large piece of buffalo hide and then painted. Backed by soft light, the puppets are moved across a screen to tell the story, accompanied by singing, chanting and music.

The art form originated in the 15th century in the southern provinces of Thailand. The ruler of Rayong Province, Phraya Sri Samut Phokhaphai Chokchitsongkhram (Ket Yomchinda for short), heard about the puppets and hired a puppet troupe to come to Rayong to teach the art form and perform shadow puppet plays.

Wat Don Ban is now home to more than 100 puppets, some of them authenticated as 200 years old.

The shadow play stories are based on the Indian epic Ramakien or Ramayana.

You can watch a performance at Wat Ban Don but you must give three days notice.
Written October 18, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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