A contemporary arts scene is relatively new to Thailand, but the last decade has seen great changes in the fine arts: artists are branching out into all kinds of media, and modern sculpture and artworks can be found in office buildings, parks, and public spaces. Music options range from piano concertos and symphonies to rock concerts and blues-and-jazz festivals.

Bangkok offers a variety of theater and dance performances, among them traditional puppet shows and masked dance dramas known as khon. For Thais, classical dance is more than graceful movements. The dances depict tales from the religious epic Ramakien. Performances are accompanied by a woodwind called the piphat, which sounds like an oboe, as well as a range of percussion instruments. In addition to conventional theaters, many restaurants present classical dance.

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  • 1. H Gallery

    Sathorn | Art Galleries–Arts

    The gallery presents solo exhibitions by renowned Asian artists, many of them Thai. ...Read More

  • 2. National Theatre

    Old City | Dance

    Classical dance and drama can usually be seen at the theater on the last Friday of the month. ...Read More

  • 3. Sala Chalerm Krung Royal Theatre

    Old City | Dance

    A former student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris designed this theater in a style that might best be described as Thai Deco. The venue...Read More

  • 4. Sala Rim Naam


    Across from the Mandarin Oriental, Sala Rim Naam stages a beautiful dance show nightly at 8:15, accompanied by a touristy dinner. ...Read More

  • 5. Siam Niramit

    Huai Khwang | Dance

    This 2,000-seat theater presents Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam, a history of Thailand told in words and music. The 80-minute performance...Read More

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  • 6. Silom Village

    Silom | Dance

    This place appeals mostly to foreigners, but it also draws Thais. The block-size complex, open daily from 10 to 10, presents classical dance...Read More

  • 7. Thailand Cultural Center

    Huai Khwang | Dance

    The center hosts local and international groups, including opera companies, symphony orchestras, and modern dance and ballet troupes. ...Read More

  • 8. Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok

    Pathumwan | Art Galleries–Arts

    The lovely courtyard at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok host frequently changing exhibits. It features works in different media, with an emphasis...Read More

  • 9. Patravadi

    Siriraj | Dance

    Across the river, Patravadi offers a dance show during dinner. There's also a theater in the restaurant showing performances, from classical...Read More

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