Chinese Opera in Talat Noi
20 images Created 27 Apr 2013
Chinese opera was once very popular in Thailand and is usually performed in the Teochew language. Millions of Chinese emigrated to Thailand (then Siam) in the 18th and 19th centuries and brought their cultural practices with them. Recently its popularity has faded as people turn to performances of opera on DVD or movies. There are as many 30 Chinese opera troupes left in Bangkok. They travel from Chinese temple to Chinese temple performing on stages they put up in streets near the temple, sometimes sleeping on hammocks they sling under their stage. The opera troupes are paid by the temple, usually $700 to $1000 a night.