Wat Khanon Nang Yai

This unique destination houses the Nang Yai Wat Khanon National Museum, where the captivating world of shadow puppet drama comes to life. Step inside the museum's traditional Thai house, adorned with intricate carvings, and embark on a mesmerizing journey through the art of shadow puppetry.

Within the museum, you'll discover a remarkable collection of 313 shadow puppets, predominantly featuring characters from the Ramayana literature. Divided into episodes such as Hanuman Thawai Waen, Sahatsakuman and the Burning of Langka, and the first Indrajit Battle, these puppets showcase the artistry and craftsmanship behind this time-honored tradition. The museum is a proud component of the Royally Initiated Project of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, highlighting the cultural significance of shadow puppet drama.

Shadow Puppet Drama is hailed as a pinnacle of theatrical excellence. Elaborately carved leather puppets take center stage, accompanied by a traditional Thai grand orchestra. The puppeteers' skillful manipulation, recitations, and melodic singing transport the audience into a world of enchantment. Wat Khanon stands as the sole temple providing this captivating shadow puppet show, a centuries-old tradition that continues to captivate audiences today. It is revered as the ultimate Nang Yai Group, cherished under the temple's patronage.

The museum warmly welcomes visitors every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For an unforgettable experience, make sure to catch the student performances from Wat Khanon School, held on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Admission is free, granting everyone the opportunity to immerse themselves in this cultural treasure.

Location: Wat Khanon, Tambon Soi Fa, Amphoe Photharam, Ratchaburi province.

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