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Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre

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Address: 66 Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok, Thailand
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What a khon!

Go see it, but don't try and assess it as a play or work of art or you'll have a horrible time, watch it as a dance performance. The dancing was great, the music was great, the... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2016
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

Go see it, but don't try and assess it as a play or work of art or you'll have a horrible time, watch it as a dance performance. The dancing was great, the music was great, the rhythmic narration was great, but the framing was a real problem. The khon we saw told the life of Hanuman from beginning to... More 

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Reviewed 20 June 2016

I booked the ticket online before I came here. The ticket is not cheap and I choose golden seat. The place is easy to find and the place is like usual theater. When I seat, the staff ask me again whether my seat is correct or not, because it looks like someone already seated in my seat. I show her... More 

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Thank Ari W
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 14 September 2015

We went to see the Khon Ramakien (birth of Haruman) performance here. The theatre has a lovely old fashioned feel to it, unlike the glossy malls and art galleries of the city. It is comfortable and modern but still has it's charm. It also seems to be something of a best kept secret, as there were mainly Thai people at... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 10 August 2015

It seems to be a very popular performance with local Thai people. Families turned out together to watch the show. The audience comprised mostly of non-tourists. The English translation for most of the important dialogue and storyline was really helpful to help me understand the show even though I do not understand Thai. Excellent show and better had a more... More 

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Thank regleo
Bangkok
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Reviewed 30 July 2015

This refurbished theatre is located in the old part of the city, and worth a visit if you are doing a walking tour of the area. There are performances on usually from Thursdays to Sundays. Currently a "Khon" classical Thai mask dancing is on and it is really worth a visit.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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Reviewed 17 June 2015

Not really known by tourists, so most of audience is always locals. Yet it should be a must, if you like culture, music, legends. The performance is amazing, actors very good and price is good. Would go again definitely.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 1 April 2015

much smaller than siam niramit but the show really great. The story was interesting, the dancers were skillfull, the stage was great. Although they are using thai language, i still can understand and laugh together with other audience.

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Reviewed 24 February 2015

Caveat. Those who are not familiar with the storyline of the Ramayana or those not interested in classical dance forms will probably find this tedious. But if you want to see a national dance troupe, this is where you should come. At present, the performance focuses on the mythical character Hanuman, the warrior monkey. Classical dance alternates with puppetry transitions.... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 8 January 2015 via mobile

The Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre had been preserved since it was one of the very first theaters in Thailand. Even though the theater itself may not be utilized as frequently as it should like other modern movie theaters. But it's existence for the future generations is of great value. From time-to-time, Sala Chalermkrung hosted some very important plays and shows... More 

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Reviewed 1 January 2015

It is the genuine Thai Mythology expressed with typical dances and beautiful spectacular shining costumes. The building is a late pure Art Deco requiring some works. At the lobby don't miss the period photos on the walls. The theater itself is very nice in red and very comfortable chairs. Specially for westerners, read the brochure provided in english telling the... More 

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