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Nang Yai Wat Khanon National Museum

17 October 2019

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“Nang Yai” (grand shadow play) is a Thai cultural heritage. Praised as a sophisticated performance, the grand shadow play combines various types of precious arts, notably the design of exquisite Thai decorative patterns and the sculptors' meticulous skills. Once the performance starts, the aesthetics of dramatic arts play a big role as they brining out the right movement following the mood of the story. Combined with the narration, conversation, songs and music, the performance perfectly illustrates the story and convey the proper aesthetic senses to the audience. The grand shadow play is then highly regarded as posing an exceptional aesthetic value and, at the same time, reflecting Thai ancestors' genius creativity.

 

“Nang Yai Wat Khanon” (grand shadow play at Wat Khanon Temple) was built during the reign of King Chulalongkorn or Rama V., while Prevost Sattha Soonthorn (Luang Pou Klom) initiated the idea of carving the leather for the shadow play. The Prevost came up with the idea of increasing the size of the existing shadow play and thus he invited Master Ang, Craftsman - Jad, Ja and Puang to join his project. The first set of the creation was “Hanuman Tawai Waen” and later 9 more were created, with the current number of 313 leather pieces. The carved leather for the grand shadow play is the temple's long-preserved treasure. This place meanwhile is the only temple with its own play along with the performance and complete performing group under the temple patronage.

 

The temple converted its old prayer hall, which was built in the style of Thai traditional house, into the museum. Located next to Maeklong River, the museum is around 10 kilometer-away from Photharam District. Assistant Professor Somjai Nimlek was in charge of the museum's design while Associate Professor Pongsak Arayangkul was responsible for the museum's interior design. The museum features the exhibition on the grand shadow play which is more than 100 years old and still in perfect condition. Most of the characters in the grand shadow play are from the story of Ramayana. The exhibition also presents the background and origin of the grand shadow play along with the carving process of the play's leather pieces.

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Temple and community

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Lifestyle/ Culture / Tradition / wisdom /Religion

Important / Interesting artifacts

Masterpiece works are not selected.

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Nang Yai Wat Khanon National Museum

Address And Contact Number

Khanon Temple Moo 4 Soi Fa Photharam Ratchaburi 70120
Telephone : 089-555 4195
Fax : 032-354 272

Operating hours

Everyday from 8.00 - 17.00 hrs. Grand shadow play is performed every Saturday from 10.00 – 11.00 hrs.

Admission fee

Museum is free of charge.

A fee of Bt 2,500 per a grand shadow play performance is required for group audience. (Discount depends on the number of audience) (The show is free of charge on Saturday from 10.00-11.00 hrs.)

Getting There

  • By car : Take Highway 4 (Phetkasem Road) through Nakhon Pathom Province. Go in the direction of Ratchaburi Province and turn right towards Photharam District along Highway 3080. Continue for around 5.4 kilometers and cross Maeklong River Bridge. Arrive at the T-junction (left to Khao Chong Pran Temple, right to Khanon Temple), turn right and continue on Highway 3089 for approximately 2.5 kilometers. Wat Khanon Temple is located on the right side of the road.
  • By bus : Photharam Tour Co., Ltd’s air-conditioned buses leave from the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) every day from 6.30-19.30 hrs.

Proper for General Public

Proper
Improper

Proper for Children

Proper
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Credit Card

Yes
No

Advanced Booking

For group visits, a letter of request must be made in advance.

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สงกรานต์นี้! พบกับงาน “เทศกาลหนังใหญ่วัดขนอน ครั้งที่ 11 ” ซึ่งจัดขึ้น ระหว่างวันที่ 13 – 14 เมษายน 2559 ตั้งแต่เวลา 15.00 – 22.00 น. ณ วัดขนอน อ.โพธาราม จ.ราชบุรีหนึ่งในกิจกรรม Highlight ที่เราอยากแนะนำให้ทุกคนไปสัมผัสกัน กับความอลังการของหนังใหญ่ที่ทุกคนต้องทึ่ง!ใครที่สนใจ หรือยังไม่มีโปรแกรมเที่ยวสงกรานต์ที่ไหน แวะไปเล่นสงกรานต์ที่วัดขนอนกันได้นะครับ
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