SIAM NIRAMIT: Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam

() - January 6, 2007 - 12:00am
Siam is a kingdom in Bangkok, Thailand with history, customs and glorious civilization evolving through centuries. Their traditional practices are depicted in one of the world's largest stage productions in a 2,000 seat theater- Siam Niramit.

Siam Niramit is considered a spectacular show of Thai arts and culture with special effects and using state-of-the-art technology. It is an amazing nightlife entertainment in Bangkok City Center.

The 150-strong cast will hold the audience's attention throughout the 80-minute show. Over 500 elaborate costumes are used, most of them accurately derived from paintings from the appropriate eras in Thai history. While using the most modern technology, Siam Niramit retains cultural fidelity at its core. The way in which Thai history, arts, culture and traditions are presented will set a new standard for cultural presentations world-wide.
Stage dimensions
The Siam Niramit proscenium at 12 meters, is the world's highest. And the panoramic stage, at 65 meters wide by 40 meters deep, is among the world's largest.
Siam Niramit incorporates over 100 set-pieces, many of which are over 12 meters high! This makes it possible to stage elaborate scenes, creating a genuine sense of realism.

Siam Niramit uses state-of-the-art lighting, sound and projection equipment to immerse the audience in the events unfolding around them. Impressive special effects, throughout the show will amaze the audience: 12 angles float gracefully through the air in the heaven scene, Krathongs are floated on the on-stage lake, Ultra-realistic rain, thunder and lighting, rice fields which change color with the seasons.
The Show Proper
Act I - Journey Back to History: The Ancient Kingdom of Lanna Scene 1: Religious Faith…The Ancient Kingdom of Lanna

North Siam, in ancient times was the glorious Kingdom of Lanna. Following age-old tradition, the King and Queen would worship the relics of the Lord Buddha at the revered temple. In a royal procession, the Queen's maids of honor carried beautiful lanterns, some performed dances, while the guards displayed their matchless swordsmanship. Scene 2: The South Sea…Trade from Overseas

Travel back to the era of the Kingdom of Sri-Wichai up to the Kingdom of Sri-Tammarat. The Thai Buddhist and Muslim cultures blended harmoniously as the natives enjoyed their leisure activities, singing and dancing. Chinese merchants, attracted by the native products, sailed from across the seas to exchange goods. Scene 3: Issan: Heritage of the Khmer Civilization

Issan villagers took part in the festival of Boon Paweht in front of Phra That Phanom, Temple. They would make merit while enjoying the religious celebration. Suddenly the monumental stone castle Prasat Hin Phanom Rung, a legacy of the Khmer civilization would appear before their eyes. Angels "Apsara" intricately carved in stone would magically come to life.
Scene 4: The Mighty Capital, Ayutthaya
Life for the peasants were simple. Living along the canals of the Central Plains, their life revolved around the planting and harvesting of rice on this fertile land. Life in the palace, by contrast, was rich and extravagant. The capital maintained a strong military force and developed relations with Western powers who sent ambassadors to there. The richness was exemplified by the magnificent processions of royal barges.
Act II - Journey Beyond Imagination: The Three Realms
Scene 1: Fiery Hell
Descend deep down to confront Prayom, the King of Hell, and the spirits over which he reigns. These tormented souls are condemned to suffer different tortures reflecting the nature and gravity of the sins they committed as mortals.

Scene 2: Mystical Himapaan
Be mesmerized by Himapaan forest, a boundary between the human world and the heavens, home to all manner of mythical creatures and plants: Kinaree - half human, half bird…Hongsa - graceful, elegant, swanlike birds…Nareepon - a tree bearing fruit in the form of beautiful girls etc.

Scene 3: Blissful Heaven
Ascend to Daow-wa-dueng, the second level of heaven, where Indra, the greatest deity of all, presides. Listen to Khontan playing their celestial music to entertain the heavenly beings, while angels perform an elegant aerial dance around them.
Act III - Journey Through Joyous Festivals
Buddhists believe that to go to Heaven, one must gather merit on earth. Thus, Thai culture is full of a wide variety of merit-making festivals, which combine religious ceremony with colorful and joyful celebration. For example, Khao Pansaa, the ceremony of ordination into monkhood…the Song Kran water festival…the Phi Dtaa Khon ghost parade…the candlelit ceremony of Loy Krathong etc.

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