Established in 1933 and originally a cinema, Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre now hosts primarily Thai classical Thai dance performances and other theatrical and performing arts, with an occasional film still on the bill. But it’s the arch and mesmerising beauty of Khon, a classical masked dance based on the Ramayana epic, for which the theatre is known now. Khon performance was once limited to the royal court and involves lavish costumes, exceptionally agile dancers and hypnotic Thai music. The theatre has been extensively renovated and features advanced light and sound technologies.
Khon is performed at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre every Thursday and Friday at 7.30 p.m.
From Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom, you can get to Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre by taxi in 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic. Please visit the theatre’s website for tickets.