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Type: Art & Culture
With roots going as far back as the Tang Dynasty, you are in for a historical and cultural treat if you can catch a Chinese opera performance while in Bangkok. Chinese opera is one of the oldest... Read More
With roots going as far back as the Tang Dynasty, you are in for a historical and cultural treat if you can catch a Chinese opera performance while in Bangkok. Chinese opera is one of the oldest performing arts in the world. Combining literature and musical performance, the operas are an engaging visual spectacle, with an astounding attention to detail being a vital part of the show. Performers spend hours elaborately making up and going into character, and the shows can run for hours, combining myth, moral, and plenty of old fashioned entertainment. The shows are free, and are not attended much by young people these days, making the spectacle a dying art, so make a beeline for a performance if you happen to be in Bangkok during any festival or holiday periods.
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- Chinatown/Yaowarat's Best Attractions: "Performances take place during the Vegetarian Festival, Chinese New Year, and during other holiday times at or around temples and shrines in Chinatown. Consult the Chinese opera website for further information."
- Best for Chinatown/Yaowarat's Best Attractions Because: for true spectacle, tradition, and color, nothing compares with a Chinese opera performance if you are lucky enough to see one.