The Ancient Theatrical Pavilion (94)


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The grandeur of the Ayutthaya court was reflected in the royal garden which was enlivened by the scenery and landscape of waterfalls, fountains and miniature rock formations. During either auspicious or enjoyment times, there were royal command performances of music and plays in this setting, which later gave birth to the famous genre of court drama, Lakhon Nai.

Various Jatake tales, folk tales and a number of foreign classics were adapted for plays at court such as the Ramayana, Sankha-Silpchai, I-Nao and Manohra. The plays at court continued to be seen in the Rattanakosin period.

The grand pavilion in Muang Boran was specially designed and built for court performances, evidence of which may be seen in numerous ancient murals.