Thai Dance, Bangkok
We were fortunate enough to be visiting Wat Arun when a troop of lion dancers arrived to bless all the shrines for Chinese New Year. After the dancing they lit the usual deafening fire crackers for good luck and to ward off evil.
With all forms of dance drama in Thailand, music forms an important role which is greatly bound by tradition
The performances you will see are mystical dances based on stories from classical Thai literature and folklore. The dancers wear traditional, colorful costumes providing a perfect opportunity for photos.
Have you ever seen Thai dancing? Have you ever seen the King wears a crown's picture? Actually, the crown is what they put on their head and head is the most sacred part on our body in Thai belief. So, we will pay respect to a crown before we put on our head. That's what we believe that there is where the spirit stays when we dance such as he or she is our master for dancing. When we put a crown down, we'll keep in a high position, not on the floor.
The Erawan Shrine protects the big posh hotel next door from doom, gloom, and subsiding foundations. It's true... it's true. Before the shrine it was all pear shaped for the construction site, and that's why they buil the shrine. To keep the elephant bloke happy! And here there is dancing ! Traditional Thai dancing, lovely and cultural.
If you do visit this shrine (as a lunchtime break in your shopping around the World Trade Centre, Central Dept Store or Mahboonkrong - the shrine is almost in the middle of this retail triangle) try to time your visit to the top of the midday hours. You'll be treated to a free show of temple dancers. Yeah it's a tourist trap, but the tourists wouldn't keep showing up if it wasn't worth a look. Lovely lasses, though the nail varnish is a bit strange. (Normally they have long golden extensions. Don’t know what happened the day I was there.) The costumes are beautifully made and kept, and the dances are supposed to be authentic, referring back to those used 250 years ago.
However, while it is done for the pleasure of tourists it is a sacred area, as you'll see from the spiritual support services of garland sellers, candle makers and the like. So keep yoru enthusiasm to poke a camera lens in a dancer's face under control. (Keep in the background eh?)
Afterwards, you can pop into the hotel next door for an afternoon tea or refreshment stop. Though beware the taxi drivers on the road outside when getting away. They'll have your arm off rather than put the meter on. Vultures the lot of them.
If you want to see and be part of this custom:
Erawan Shrine, near the World Trade Centre and the Erawan Hotel.
Nearest BTS Stations: "Siam" and "Chidlom".
This was in a small little town in the outskirts.
This is a dance contest and these ladies were waiting for their names to be announce and they were to do a bit of Thai Dancing, which is indeed quite interesting.
On a stage at the back of the Vimanmek Mansion daily at 10:30 and 14:00are displays of traditional Thai Dancing. The costumes are amazing and the dancers very graceful with extremely eloquent hand gestures.
If you visit Vimanek this is a must see show.
Here are one of the Thai Traditional Dance. They all look just so gorgeous. Look at the photo which tells you more than thousands of words...Let it speak for itself. Enjoy the photo!
At the Teak Mansion they give daily exhibitions of traditional Thai dance. The show is free but there is a 20 Baht charge if you want to take photos.
These beautiful dancers were performing a dance just outside the famous FOUR FACE BUDDHA at the WTC area