Thai name สยามนิรมิต
Photos : www.siamniramit.com
Siam Niramit features modern Thai cultural performances with special techniques that are of international standards in a luxurious theatre with a capacity of more than 2,000 seats.
During the shows, staged by over 150 performers in wonderful costumes, all spectators will be taken to the lands beyond imagination influenced by Thai literatures and Thai common beliefs. The shows also include the history of each region of Thailand and the country’s arts and cultural heritage.
ACT 1 JOURNEY BACK TO HISTORY
For over seven centuries, Siam has been home of diverse cultures, a cross-road where civilizations meet.
The North: The Ancient Kingdom of Lanna
The King and Queen lead a procession to worship relics of the Lord Buddha by releasing a ceremonial lantern.
The South Seas: Traders from Overseas
In the south, Thai Buddhist and Muslim cultures blend harmoniously. Chinese merchants arrive from across the seas to barter goods.
The Northeast (Isan): Heritage of the Khmer Civilization
Northeast villagers celebrate the religious festival in front of the stone castle, a legacy of Khmer civilization.
The Central Plains: Ayutthaya… The Mighty Capital
The peasants live a simple life, cultivating rice in the fertile soil of the Central Plains. Life in the palace, in contrast, is very grand, as Western ambassadors arrive to discuss foreign relations. Witness the magnificent procession of royal barges.
ACT 2 JOURNEY BEYOND IMAGINATION : THE THREE WORLDS
Despite their diverse cultures and livelihoods, The people are all bound by a common belief in the religious principle of the Law of Karma. Good deeds or bad deeds in this world result in merit or suffering in the next life.
Fiery Hell, where the flames are fuelled by peoples sins, is ruled by Phrayom, King of Hell. He ensures that the condemned souls receive punishment that matches the nature and gravity of their crimes. Liars have their tongues torn out; alcoholics are forced to drink from a cauldron of boiling water; adulterers must climb a tree bristling with sharp thorns…
The mesmerizing forest of Himapaan, a boundary between the human world and the heaven, home to various mythical creatures.
Siam Niramit. Blissful Heaven
Heaven, where Indra, the greatest deity of all, presides. Angels perform an elegant aerial dance.
ACT 3 JOURNEY THROUGH JOYOUS FESTIVALS
Thai Buddhists believe that to go to heaven, one must gather merit on earth. Thai culture is full of a wide variety of merit-making festivals, which combine religious ceremony with colourful and joyful celebration, for example, Ordination Ceremonies, Songkran, the Phitakhon Ghost Parade, Loy Krathong etc.