Teochew opera keeps Chinese culture alive in Thailand

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A group of performers are struggling to stop the curtain coming down forever on Teochew Opera in Thailand. “We are trying to translate operas into Thai to make them easier for the local audience, and also plan to establish an opera school in Bangkok,” said Zhuang Meilong, founder of the Thai-Chinese Dramatic Arts Institute.

Teochew opera keeps Chinese culture alive in Thailand

On hot and humid night in northern Thailand, a group of performers in colorful costumes, accompanied by crashing gongs and drum beats, draw crowds to a makeshift stage.

It’s a performance of Teochew Opera “Luo Shen” (The goddess of the Luo River) staged by a professional troupe Qing Nang Yu Lou Chun which has enjoyed over 80 years of history in Thailand.

Thanks to a vast number of Chinese immigrants who brought Teochew dialect across Southeast Asia, Teochew Opera used to be a favorite entertainment in Thailand.

Xu Qing’an, 54, a veteran performer, has seen the troupe’s peak. “When I first came to Thailand in the 90s, the troupe had over 100 actors with thousands of visitors every show.”

As one of the best-known Teochew Opera troupes in the Southeast Asian country, the troupe was once invited to perform for the Thai Royal family.

“But now, things are completely different,” Xu said while looking at the sparse audience.

Actors perform Chaozhou Opera in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, March 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)Actors perform Chaozhou Opera in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, March 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

The audiences of Teochew Opera are mostly older Thai-Chinese. As time goes by, the community of both actors and fans has dwindled. According to Xu, the troupe has only about 30 actors now, and sometimes the audiences are fewer than the actors on stage.

Dressed in a red cheongsam that night, Yierkun stood out in the audience of barely 20 people. Influenced by her father who moved from southern China decades ago, the 75-year-old Thai has been exposed to Teochew Opera from an early age.

Unlike her, nine-year-old visitor Suphakorn Nirungrang doesn’t understand the Chinese Teochew dialect, but was fascinated by the artists’ glittering headgears and elaborate costumes. “They are beautiful on the stage, like angels,” he said.

Combo photo shows a Chaozhou Opera actor before (R) and after making-up in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, March 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)Combo photo shows a Chaozhou Opera actor before (R) and after making-up in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, March 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

Behind the scene, actors huddled in a small, crowded backstage filled with their costumes and props, and spent nearly two hours applying layers of makeup before the show.

Nearby, tents were set up as their temporary accommodation during the performance. Not far from the stage, a six-wheeled truck loaded with all the belongings of the crew, also carries the life of the troupe, which is currently in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Actors perform Chaozhou Opera in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, March 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)Actors perform Chaozhou Opera in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, March 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

“The average number of performances was 300 per year before the pandemic, but now it is less than 100,” said Wu Guide, vice chairman of the Thai Teochew Opera Association and head of Qing Nang Yu Lou Chun.

The loss of actors is also putting the preservation of Teochew opera in Thailand at risk.

At 66, Suluan Chen is in her final year on stage. She is the oldest actor in the troupe, and was sent to be a performer by her parents at the age of eight. The troupe paid her parents and she was indentured for eight years.

Chen still wears a necklace with photos of her parents. Even though they sold their daughter, she didn’t hold a grudge against them because they gave her a career she loves.

A Chaozhou opera actor puts on costumes backstage in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, March 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)A Chaozhou opera actor puts on costumes backstage in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, March 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

Zhuang Meilong, 81, the founder of the Thai-Chinese Dramatic Arts Institute, is struggling to stop the curtain coming down forever on Teochew Opera in Thailand.

“We are trying to translate operas into Thai to make them easier for the local audience, and also plan to establish an opera school in Bangkok,” Zhuang said.

Around midnight, when the lights went out on the stage, Xu took off his costume and crawled into a tiny tent. In a couple of days, the company will be back on the road and the opera will roll into another village, and the curtain will rise again.

A Chaozhou Opera actress puts on makeup backstage in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, March 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)A Chaozhou Opera actress puts on makeup backstage in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, March 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

A Chaozhou Opera musician plays an instrument in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, March 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)A Chaozhou Opera musician plays an instrument in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, March 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

Published : April 06, 2022

By : Xinhua

The Nation loses indispensable World Film Festival director ‘Victor’

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Nation colleagues are mourning the death of World Film Festival of Bangkok director Victor Kriengsak Silakong, who succumbed to a heart attack on Sunday afternoon.

The Nation loses indispensable World Film Festival director ‘Victor’

[The Nation expresses condolences over the departure of our former colleague and talented director World Film Festival of Bangkok. May he rest in peace with his God.]

Adisak Limprung-patanakij, deputy CEO of Nation Group, said Victor had already proposed a budget and plan to revive the international festival for its 15th edition under The Nation, and his departure had saddened Nation colleagues and the Thai film community.

Victor’s family announced on Facebook that Victor had departed to be with God at 1.25pm on Sunday.

The post said Victor was rushed to Synphaet Ramintra Hospital in Bangkok after suffering pains in his chest and leg. He was still conscious when he reached the doctors but slipped into unconsciousness and died shortly after.

Victor was known as a film guru as well as a talented and devoted director of stage plays.

For The Nation, Victor was an indispensable resource for arts activities, said Adisak.

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden departure of Victor, my colleague at the Nation Group for a long time,” he said.

Adisak recalled that Victor always enjoyed his work as director of Bangkok’s world film festival.

Initially, The Nation launched the Bangkok Film Festival, but when that was taken over by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Nation Group organised the World Film Festival of Bangkok – with Victor as the main driving force and director.

Victor took over the Bangkok Film Festival after Pimpaka Towira directed the first edition in 2001. He had played a key role in organising international film festivals and events in Bangkok ever since.

Adisak said Victor helped Thailand’s main film festival gain acceptance and success for five years before passing the baton to the TAT.

The Nation then decided to launch its own independent event, the World Film Festival of Bangkok, in 2003 with Victor devoting a year to selecting the best movies from around the globe.

Victor worked hard to choose about 80 top films, both mainstream in independent, for screening each year. His final selection was for the 14th World Film Festival of Bangkok in 2017.

Adisak said Victor liked to highlight the ground-breaking work of Thai independent directors, choosing their films to kick off the festival in the hope they would be selected for other international showcases.

Victor is also remembered as a stage play director, an actor, and a stage set designer.

He passionate and devoted when it came to his work in the theatre. He directed two stage TV plays for the Nation Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), “Reya The Musical” and “Empress Dowager Cixi The Musical”.

The Nation loses indispensable World Film Festival director ‘Victor’Victor also devised the idea of MangoTV, an NBC satellite channel airing cultural and entertainment programmes.

Adisak said he asked Victor late last year if he would direct the 15th World Film Festival of Bangkok. He agreed and had submitted his budget and plan earlier this month.

Adisak said Nation Group would do its best to hold the World Film Festival of Bangkok Comeback to honour the memory its beloved friend.

Pana Janviroj, former Nation editor and co-founder of the Bangkok Film Festival (World Film Festival of Bangkok), said Victor would always be remembered by those who worked with him.

“Victor was monumental in establishing the Bangkok and World Film Festival on the global cinema map. From Hollywood to Bollywood, from Berlin to Pusan, London to Tehran, Buenos Aires to Tele Aviv, he built a network of hundreds of global independent film-makers through the Bangkok and World Film Festivals. They will all surely miss his passion, artistic integrity, and aspiration to keep the art of cinema at the forefront of his responsibilities as the festival director. All of us who worked with Victor will forever remember him, dearly.” Pana said.

Veena Thoopkrajae, former Nation features editor, said Victor would be missed for his knowledge, artistic taste, his love and expertise for all things related to cinema, his wit and humour, but most of all for his genuine friendship.

“I came to know Victor when he first set foot in The Nation as a new film festival director,” she recounted.

“Soon after that, Victor became a good friend to all of us on the desk. He was also a new source when it came to art, culture and gossip! He’d sit by my side and tell me a story in his lively way. On one occasion, he broke the delightful news of receiving an honour from the French Embassy – deservedly so. He said I should be the first one to write about it,” Veena said.

“At one period, we co-hosted short videos on the Nation TV website together, talking about cultural events like the Cannes film festival and musicals in Thailand. With his background in drama, he was so good in front of camera and his voice, pronunciation and tone were flawless.

“We shared a common love for culture – Indian culture and the singer Prince in particular. He’d talk endlessly about the beauty of India and the charm of Berlin – two destinations that we both love.

“Victor impressed many people in a variety of ways. To me, and I guess for my colleagues at The Nation, he was a dear friend. His vivid personality and artistry will always be with us.”

Nithinand Yorsaengrat, who worked as project director for the World Film Festival of Bangkok, said Victor was remarkable for both his intelligence and his passion.

“For a long time, you and I were a team. As soon as I first met you, I felt you were the right person to lead The Nation’s film festival as director,” she said. “You were an intelligent person with great enthusiasm,” she added.

“Regardless of how you did it, you made the world a better place. … Until we meet again, my brother. I’ve always loved you and will always adore you.”

Victor’s family said a memorial service will be held from Wednesday to Friday (March 30-April 1) with the venue announced later. A cremation service will be held on Saturday April 2 at the Methodist Church Rangsit at 4pm.

Published : March 28, 2022

By : THE NATION

Korean culture on full display as Thai-Korean pair get married traditional style

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A Korean-Thai couple got married in a traditional wedding ceremony that was replete with traditional Korean culture and costumes.

Korean culture on full display as Thai-Korean pair get married traditional style

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Thailand and the Korean Cultural Centre in Thailand held the ceremony at Korean Town in Bangkok on Friday.

They aimed to showcase Korean culture through the traditional wedding ceremony and promote closer relations between Thailand and South Korea.

The wedding ceremony began with the groom, Shin Yun-sup, entering behind a procession of Suljanggu (Korean double-headed drum) performance and lit-up candles. Upon arrival, the groom presented a wild goose to the bride’s mother, as they symbolise fidelity in Korean culture.

Soon after, the bride made her entrance and the couple bowed before each other. The bride and groom took vows to live happily and promised to be each other’s better half. They then shared a cup of traditional liquor.

The groom’s aide tied a red thread on her left hand and the bridesmaid tied a blue thread on her right hand. This ritual in Korean culture symbolises two persons from two families finally becoming one.

After the Korean ritual led by South Korea’s ambassador to Thailand, the couple took part in the “Rod-Naam-Sang”, which is the Thai wedding ceremony of pouring water on the couple’s hands and uttering words of blessing.

After the ceremonies, Kim Hyun-ji, the Korean Cultural Centre’s instructor, and members of the Korean traditional music club sang “Gasibesi Sarang” to celebrate the couple’s wedding. The song is full of wishes for the couple to live together for a long time.

The couple, Shin Yun-sup and Natcha were selected from numerous applications for the first Korean traditional wedding.

The bride Natcha revealed that they had a registered marriage in March 2021 but they wanted to have a traditional Korean wedding. They both wrote 30 pages each to make their case to the centre, including their love story.

She said the most exciting part was when their mothers threw a couple of chickens up in the air. She added that Hanbok, the Korean traditional costumes, were beautiful.

She thought the Korean wedding ceremony focused more on the parents and senior relatives.

Natcha said that they also planned to hold the ceremony in South Korea for the groom’s parents and relatives.

Moon Seoung-Hyun, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to ThailandMoon Seoung-Hyun, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Thailand

Moon Seoung-Hyun, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Thailand, said, “It was the first time, but I would like to say that there will be many more of these kinds of ceremonies so that we can bring people closer together.”

Moon added that Thai and Korean ceremonies are similar. The “Janchi-guksu” (banquet noodles) are traditionally eaten at Korean weddings, which symbolise longevity in life and marriage. Meanwhile, sticky rice is usually eaten at Thai weddings, which symbolise that new couples will be closer together throughout their lives.

Cho Jae-il, Director of Korean Cultural Center in Thailand Cho Jae-il, Director of Korean Cultural Center in Thailand

Published : March 25, 2022

By : THE NATION

Thai-Korean couple get married Korean style in Bangkok

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The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Thailand and the Korean Cultural Centre in Thailand on Friday organised a traditional wedding ceremony at Korean Town in Bangkok.

Thai-Korean couple get married Korean style in Bangkok

The couple of Shin Yun-sup and Shin Natcha were selected by the Korean Cultural Centre in Thailand to showcase Korean culture and costumes at a traditional wedding ceremony to promote closer relations between Thailand and South Korea.

Thai-Korean couple get married Korean style in Bangkok
Thai-Korean couple get married Korean style in Bangkok
Thai-Korean couple get married Korean style in Bangkok
Thai-Korean couple get married Korean style in Bangkok
Thai-Korean couple get married Korean style in Bangkok
Thai-Korean couple get married Korean style in Bangkok
Thai-Korean couple get married Korean style in Bangkok
Thai-Korean couple get married Korean style in Bangkok
Thai-Korean couple get married Korean style in Bangkok

Published : March 25, 2022

By : THE NATION

“Isaan Way of Faith: Cultural Heritage from the Past to the Present” exhibition is now ready to let you to experience inspiration from folk art and contemporary folk art

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“Isaan Way of Faith: Cultural Heritage from the Past to the Present” exhibition narrates stories from of Isaan folk art from “Phra Mai” (Wooden Buddha Statues) and “Hoop Taem” (Isaan Mural Painting), a naïve work of art of Isaan painters.

"Isaan Way of Faith: Cultural Heritage from the Past to the Present" exhibition is now ready to let you to experience inspiration from folk art and contemporary folk art

Assoc. Prof. Namfon Laisatrooglai, curator of the exhibition, said that she was inspired to curate this exhibition when she had seen “Phra Mai” in the Arts and Cultural Center, Khon Kaen University. She added that these “Phra Mai” are cultural heritage that should be conserved and the exhibition on these works of arts could also be a model for a folk art exhibition to publicize to a wider public, which is a crucial mission for the foundation of the National Art Museum.

This exhibition uses “Phra Mai” and “Hoop Taem” to narrate Isaan folk art history along with immersive digital technology to create seamless experience between reality and virtual technology.

“Phra Mai” are Buddha statues found in Isaan region. These were once commonly created to serve spiritual need in Isaan society. They also reflect lifestyle, tradition, and Buddhist wisdom, all of which are unique Isaan culture. The tradition of sculpting Buddha statues spread to many regions over many centuries. Isaan region also received this tradition from neighboring regions and consequently created a new wisdom in form of a cultural object, “Phra Mai”, which are a blend of religious faith and local craftmanship. Sculptor of “Phra Mai” can be divided into 2 groups, the folk sculptors and sculptors influenced by royal artisans.

“Hoop Taem” is a mural painting of Isaan art. Although the painting looks simple, but it is an expression of faith and local wisdom. “Hoop Taem” depicts daily life of Isaan people, religious and historical tales, and Isaan literature.

"Isaan Way of Faith: Cultural Heritage from the Past to the Present" exhibition is now ready to let you to experience inspiration from folk art and contemporary folk art

On the opening day, Adjunct Professor Dr. Anek Laothamatas, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, presided over the opening ceremony and Assoc. Prof. Chanchai Panthongwiriyakul, President of Khon Kaen University, gave opening remarks. “Isaan Way of Faith: Cultural Heritage from the Past to the Present” takes place from 22-27 March.

Adjunct Professor Dr. Anek Laothamatas, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, said that “These two works of arts are unique to Isaan culture, and, an important folk heritage. Therefore, more efforts should be put into their conservation and they should be publicized to a wider audience. The ‘Isaan Way of Faith: Cultural Heritage from the Past to the Present’ is organized to show these works of arts to the public, preventing them from falling into obscurity. This exhibition is also a model for exhibition of folk art collection that will be displayed in the National Art Museum.”

"Isaan Way of Faith: Cultural Heritage from the Past to the Present" exhibition is now ready to let you to experience inspiration from folk art and contemporary folk art

“Isaan Way of Faith: Cultural Heritage from the Past to the Present” exhibition was supported by National Research Council of Thailand and Thailand Academy of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (TASSHA) under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation. TASSHA was founded to propel research in social sciences, humanities, and arts in Thailand. The National Art Museum is one of the internal organizations of TASSHA and is responsible for establishing the new National Art Museum of Thailand, which will become a museum for exhibition and conservation of different kinds arts, e.g. Thai traditional art, contemporary art, and folk art, a cultural institution to promote new arts and artists for national and global recognition, an inclusive place of art learning for all ages from toddlers to elderly, and a creative economy organization to drive Thailand’s economy, leading to tangible innovation from art and science.

"Isaan Way of Faith: Cultural Heritage from the Past to the Present" exhibition is now ready to let you to experience inspiration from folk art and contemporary folk art

“Isaan Way of Faith: Cultural Heritage from the Past to the Present” exhibition publicizes art knowledge in making “Phra Mai” and “Hoop Taem”, distinctive works of Isaan craft art which reflect lifestyle, tradition, wisdom, and Buddhist belief in this region. “Phra Mai” show unique skills of sculptors and blend faith and perseverance to pay homage to the Buddha. And, “Hoop Taem”, Isaan mural painting, depicts local Buddhist tales or Isaan literature, particularly Sinxay. This exhibition also displays “Phap Kak”, mural painting which displays daily life of Isaan people, by Assis. Prof, Tanupon En-on.

The public talk in the topic of “Folk Belief and Cultural Heritage: how they can be conserved and their relation to creative economy” was also organized in this exhibition. During this public talk, experts from Thailand and abroad had a discussion about how local belief could be transformed into products or applied in creative economy to develop economy in local and national scale. The speakers presented many interesting topics, namely, “Conservation of Sculptures at the Tate Galleries” by Derek Pullen, Sculpture Conservator, formerly Head of Sculpture conservation, Tate Gallery UK “Curating and conserving heritage artifacts in French museums” by Alexandra Bosc, Independent Curator of Heritage “Digital Platform and Database for Museums to Preserve Cultural Heritage” by Assoc. Prof. Songphan Choemprayong, Chair of Department of Library Science, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University “The Relevance and Relationship of the Museum to the Contemporary Creative Industries” by Harriet Wallace-Jones , Co-founder of Wallace Sewell Woven Textile Design and Manufacturer, UK. “Taiwan Power by Design” by Oliver Lin, Vice President of Taiwan Design Research Institute (TDRI) “Converting Cultural Values of to Economic Values: A Case Study of Phra Maiin in Isaan Region” by Assoc. Prof. Niyom Wongphongkham, Vice President of Arts and Culture and Creative Economy, Khon Kaen University.

"Isaan Way of Faith: Cultural Heritage from the Past to the Present" exhibition is now ready to let you to experience inspiration from folk art and contemporary folk art

“This exhibition is an important event to publicize folk art and also a crucial step for conserving this art from fading from new generation’s memory. I would like to invite those who are interested to visit this exhibition and I hope that this exhibition and the public talk will be insightful for the visitors.” Assoc. Prof. Chanchai Panthongwiriyakul concluded.

“Isaan Way of Faith: Cultural Heritage from the Past to the Present” exhibition is open for visit from 22 to 27 March 2021 at Arts and Cultural Center, Khon Kaen University

Published : March 25, 2022

By : THE NATION

Korean Cultural Centre to host traditional wedding in Bangkok next week

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The Bangkok-based Korean Cultural Centre will host a traditional wedding to introduce traditional culture and costumes, on March 25 at 11am at Korean Town on Sukhumvit Soi 12.

Korean Cultural Centre to host traditional wedding in Bangkok next week

The wedding will be led by Moon Seoung-Hyun, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Thailand.

The Korean Cultural Centre had received requests from February 9 to March 15 from couples interested in having a Korean traditional wedding.

More than 30 Thai, Korean-Thai and international couples had sent requests with their own stories. In most cases, the wedding or honeymoon was cancelled due to Covid-19.

The couple of Shin Yun-sup (Korean) and Natcha (Thai) has been selected for the first traditional wedding. The 29-year-olds first met in Korea after they got to know each other through a language online site.

The couple had a registered marriage in March 2021, after Shin moved to Thailand from Australia, and now they are teaching Korean together on YouTube.

They sent a 60-page request to the Korean Cultural Centre, including their love story. The couple have been married for a year, since the marriage was registered without the ceremony due to Covid-19.

Korean Cultural Centre to host traditional wedding in Bangkok next week

The wedding ceremony begins with the groom entering behind a Suljanggu (Korean double-headed drum) performance and lit-up candles. Upon arrival, the groom will present a wild goose to the bride’s mother. As geese were known to mate for life, this gesture is symbolic of fidelity in a Korean traditional wedding.

This is followed by the bride’s entry and the couple bow before each other. The bride and groom vow to live happily and make a promise to be each other’s better half. Then they share a cup of traditional liquor. The groom’s aide ties a red thread on her left hand and the bridesmaid ties a blue thread on her right hand. This ritual symbolises two persons from two families finally becoming one.

After the Korean ritual led by the ambassador, the couple take part in the “Rod-Naam-Sang”, which is the Thai wedding ceremony of pouring water on the couple’s hands and uttering words of blessing. Afterwards, Kim Hyun-ji, the Korean Cultural Centre’s instructor and the members of Korean traditional music club in the Korean Cultural Centre sing to celebrate the couple’s wedding.

The couple and family will have “Janchi-guksu” (banquet noodles), sponsored by Korean restaurant “Myung-Ga”, with blessings for a long, happy married life.

Korean Cultural Centre to host traditional wedding in Bangkok next week

Cho Jae-il, the director of the Korean Cultural Centre said, “The centre supports the wedding ceremony of the Korean-Thai couple to promote the beauty of Korean traditional culture and Hanbok together.”

The Korean Cultural Centre will hold the traditional wedding and Doljabi (baby’s first birthday party) on a regular basis. 

Meanwhile, the exhibition “Hanbok in K-series”, which opened on February 14 continues until April 29. The centre is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm.

Published : March 18, 2022

By : THE NATION

Korean Cultural Centre highlights K-series ‘hanbok’ in exhibition, fashion show

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The Korean Cultural Centre in Thailand and Korean Culture and Information Service hosted the Hanbok Fashion Show at Korean Town (Sukhumvit Soi 12), on February 14.

Korean Cultural Centre highlights K-series ‘hanbok’ in exhibition, fashion show

The show featured various “hanbok”, the Korean traditional costume, modelled by special personalities like South Korean Ambassador Moon Seoung-Hyun, national taekwondo team coach Chatchai Choi, Olympic gold medalist Panipak Wongpattanakit (tennis), DJ Bookko and Chananporn Rosjan (Captain Nod), who is a descendant of a Korean War veteran and Miss Thailand Universe 2005, currently working as a captain at Thai Air Asia.

Korean Cultural Centre highlights K-series ‘hanbok’ in exhibition, fashion show

The models were attired in unusual hanbok, such as a royal robe (gonryongpo), official uniform (gwanbok) and noblemen’s robes (dopo).

Ambassador Moon subsequently appointed all celebrity guests as honorary ambassadors of Korean culture.

The show opened with Korean Cultural Centre instructor Kim Hyun-Ji playing the “gayaguem”, a traditional Korean instrument, while Hanyang University adjunct professor Lee Ji-Seon, presented a “giwonmoo” performance, a traditional dance wishing people peace and prosperity.

Korean Cultural Centre highlights K-series ‘hanbok’ in exhibition, fashion show

It was also an opening ceremony for the “Hanbok in K-series”, a new Korean Cultural Centre exhibition from February 14 to April 29.

The exhibition follows the massive popularity of Korean TV series in Thailand. Visitors can see various kinds of hanbok and traditional plays similar to characters from K-series.

The Korean Cultural Centre also features a photo zone with famous scenes from the latest hit K-series “The King’s Affection” and “The Red Sleeve”, with the cooperation of KBS, MBC and Netflix.

According to streaming analytics website FlixPatrol, “The King’s Affection” reached its highest viewing record in Thailand among the world’s Netflix users. “The Red Sleeve” also ranked high in viewing rate via Viu Thailand.

Korean Cultural Centre highlights K-series ‘hanbok’ in exhibition, fashion show

Visitors to the exhibition can dorn hanbok seen in legendary K-series including “Dae Jang Geum”, such as the “gonryongpo”, “dangui” (upper garment for women), “gwanbok” and “dopo”.

A traditional game zone is also included so visitors can take part in “tuho” (arrow throwing) and “jegichagi” (kicking a shuttlecock), often featured in Korean TV shows.

Furthermore, the centre’s 2nd floor features a hanbok exhibition titled “Uri Life” (Our Life) under cooperation with the Korea Craft & Design Foundation until March 31. For more details, visit the Facebook page (@koreanculturalcentreTH).

The Korean Cultural Centre also said it plans to provide traditional wedding services or “doljabi” (a party for one-year-olds) for Thais or international couples. The centre invites those who would like to request the service to send in their “personal story with the reason for the service” to the email kccthailand@gmail.com.

Published : February 17, 2022

By : THE NATION

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

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Bangkok Design Week reaches a crescendo this weekend when five areas of the capital will light up with bright exhibitions and dazzling new ideas.

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

Talks, workshops, events and creative markets will roll out in Phra Nakhon, Charoen Krung-Lat Noi, Samyan, Ari-Pradiphat and Thonglor-Ekkamai at five exhibitions.

Phra Nakhon

Future Paradise: A window on the future opens at the Rama V-era Bamrungnukulkit Printing House, where an exhibition unveils changes in consumer goods over the next decade (11am-9pm).

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend
Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

The 2nd New World x Old Town: The New World Mall reveals Bang Lamphu district’s journey from historic neighbourhood to backpacker haven via multimedia installations created by design experts and Silpakorn students (5pm-9pm).

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

Re-frontage shophouse: Everyday Architect Studio designers unveil alternative looks for commercial buildings in the new normal era on Samsen Road (11am-8pm).

Revitalise the First Post Office: Urban Ally lights up the derelict Praisaniyakarn Post Office Building on the riverside to reveal its hidden potential for future development (6pm-9pm).

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

Old Town Illumination: Interactive flower mapping from 27 June Studio blooms on the canal bridge near Rajini School (5pm-9pm).

Charoen Krung-Lat Noi

Co With Garden: A public green space connecting people with nature, relieving stress and improving life quality springs up at the General Post Office thanks to CEA x Kernel Design (11am-10pm).

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

SIT/VID/ME: AP Thailand offers guidelines and innovations to boost community spirit and happiness during the Covid-19 era at the General Post Office (11am-10pm).

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend
Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

The Standard Presents Jaime Hayon: The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon presents “Circus Fantasy”, innovative shadow theatre created by influential artist and designer Jaime Hayon (11am-9pm).

Caladiumlism: Learn how caladium, a plant popular with Thais since the Sukhothai era, can be adapted to condominiums and houses, at Chaipatanasilp building (11am-9pm).

The Wall 2022: Lighting Designers Thailand bring a dazzling new look to Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem canal (6pm-10pm).

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend
Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend
Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend
Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

Made in Charoenkrung: Old and new generations showcase the handicrafts and specialities for which this old neighbourhood is famous (General Post Office, 5pm and 9pm).

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

Jewellery (path) maker: Ten Fingers and five famous designers unveil cutting-edge jewellery designs at Ten Fingers Factory and Design (10am-9pm).

Seat Scape & Beyond: One Bangkok invites visitors to relax into the future with public seating designs at the General Post Office (11am-10pm).

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

Mental-verse: Eyedropper Fill envisions a society that hears everyone’s problems and never leaves anyone behind, via documentary films, installation arts and more at River City Bangkok (11am-8pm).

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

Samyan

Digital Arts Laboratory: FAAMAI presents an immersive 360-degrees film at FAAMAI Digital Arts Hub (5pm-9pm).

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

Bingo! Samyan: Treasure by Humanice invites game players to taste three delicacies in the Samyan, Suan Luang and Banthat Thong areas while witnessing unique street arts. Pick up your bingo map at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Architecture on the Samyan side between 11.30am and 6pm.

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

Ari-Pradiphat

AriCoin Kindness Exchange: Exchange your plastic bottles, aluminium cans and books for coins to buy vegetables, desserts, discounts or activities with artists at Feast Ratchakru (11am-5pm).

Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend
Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend
Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend
Bangkok Design Week: Dazzling events to light up your weekend

Thonglor-Ekkamai

ThongEk x Metaverse: Visitors can enter the Thonglor-Ekkamai metaverse of furniture stores, restaurants, cafes and design studios (https://www.facebook.com/THONGEKdesigndistrict).

Published : February 11, 2022

By : THE NATION

RBSO concert brings Mozart clarinet concerto, Beethoven works on Feb 5

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The concert features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, which will be played by famous Belgian clarinettist Roeland Hendrikx, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b and Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, which will be conducted by Dutch conductor Sander Teepen.

RBSO concert brings Mozart clarinet concerto, Beethoven works on Feb 5

The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) is staging a concert “Roeland Hendrikx plays Mozart Clarinet Concerto” at Thailand Cultural Centre in Bangkok’s Huai Kwang district on February 5 at 7.30pm.
The concert is organised by RBSO, B.Grimm and Tourism Authority of Thailand, with Muang Thai Insurance, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, King Power, Siam Commercial Bank, SCG Foundation, Kasikornbank and BJC Big C Group as sponsors.
The concert features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, which will be played by famous Belgian clarinettist Roeland Hendrikx, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b and Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, which will be conducted by Dutch conductor Sander Teepen.

RBSO concert brings Mozart clarinet concerto, Beethoven works on Feb 5

Hendrikx had played music with several leading orchestra bands, such as Flemish Symphony Orchestra, Flemish Radio Orchestra, Limberg Symphonic Orchestra, Georgia Philharmonic, Symphonic Orchestra of Lithuania and The Philharmonia Orchestra of Hagen.
Meanwhile, Teepen had conducted music with several leading orchestra bands, such as Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Košice and The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra.

RBSO concert brings Mozart clarinet concerto, Beethoven works on Feb 5
Tickets are available at Thaiticketmajor priced at 400, 800, 1,200, 1,600 and 2,000 baht. Students and elderly people aged 60 years or above will receive a 50 per cent discount on ticket prices.
Interested people can contact Thaiticketmajor 02-262-3456, RBSO: 02-255 6617-8, 02 255 9191-2, www.rbsothailand.com and email: rbso@bangkoksymphony.org.

Published : February 04, 2022

Devotees get ready to greet Year of the Tiger virtually

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This Chinese New Year, devotees can avoid being exposed to the highly transmissible Omicron variant by registering for their “merit to be delivered” virtually from temples in Hong Kong via the Bok Boon Delivery Line account @bokboon or Facebook page www.facebook.com/bokboondelivery.

Devotees get ready to greet Year of the Tiger virtually

To mark the Lunar New Year, Thais usually flock to temples in Hong Kong to pray for prosperity, love, health and wealth. Here are the five most popular sacred sites in Hong Kong:

Devotees get ready to greet Year of the Tiger virtually

• Che Kung Temple: This temple features a golden statue of Che Kung, a military general of the Southern Song dynasty in ancient China, and a golden pinwheel. It is believed that spinning the pinwheel three times clockwise will draw good things and get rid of bad luck.

Devotees get ready to greet Year of the Tiger virtually

• Wong Tai Sin Temple: This Taoist deity is believed to have the power of healing, so thousands flock to this temple to pray for good health. Devotees can also pray to Cai Shen for good luck and Yue Lao for being lucky in love.

Devotees get ready to greet Year of the Tiger virtually

• Tin Hau Temple at Repulse Bay: One of the oldest in Hong Kong, this temple was built to protect fishermen and features a tall Guan Yin statue that is believed to grant wishes. Other Chinese deities are also present in the temple.

Devotees get ready to greet Year of the Tiger virtually

• Kwan Tai Temple in Sham Shui Po: Police officers and business people usually flock to this temple to pray to Guan Yu, the god of honesty and loyalty. Guan Yu featured greatly in the Chinese historical epic, “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”.

Devotees get ready to greet Year of the Tiger virtually

• Tian Tan Buddha at Polin Monastery: Located on Polin mountain on Lantau island, devotees believe that praying to the Tian Tan Buddha will give them a happy life and success in every aspect.

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Published : January 21, 2022

By : THE NATION