Chinese classical drama launched in Thailand

WACCCE 2017-05-17

Children perform a dragon dance at the Dragon King's Palace on display. [Photo/Xinhua]

Chinese children's drama Pilgrimage to the West has been staged, and will remain on show, at the China Cultural Center in Bangkok.

The theatre, which unveiled the display on May 3, recreated scenes of the classical novel, also known by its Western translation as Journey to the West. These scenes include the Mountain of Flowers and Fruits, the Flaming Mountain, and the Dragon King's Palace for children to have an authentic experience of the mythical world. The exhibit was designed to enable children to gain further insight into the nature of Chinese dramas, through the use of performance, interpretations and recreational games.

A boy dresses as Sun Wukong. [Photo/Xinhua]

Children look at the Water Curtain Cave on display. [Photo/Xinhua]

A total of 70 students from the Singapore International School of Bangkok attended the exhibit on the first day of the event, which will remain open to the public until March 15, 2018.

The tour of the Chinese children's drama, which has been held annually from 2015, has become a major platform for children around the world to understand and appreciate Chinese culture.

A stage photo of Pilgrimage to the West (Part 3). [Photo/Xinhua]

The China National Theatre for Children also presented the stage drama, Pilgrimage to the West (Part 3), at the King Power Theatre in Bangkok twice. The show integrates multiple cultural elements, which include dancing, martial arts and comic dialogue.

A stage photo of Pilgrimage to the West (Part 3). [Photo/Xinhua]

A stage photo of Pilgrimage to the West (Part 3). [Photo/Xinhua]

Moreover, Pilgrimage to the West has been a well-received novel in Thailand, since the first Thai edition was released in 1806. The stage drama, as one of CNTC's signature shows, draws lavish praise from both an audience and its critics.

"I was at this very theatre for Pilgrimage to the West (Part 2) in 2015," a boy said.

"It is the second time I have seen the play and I really enjoyed it."

Children enjoy the exhibition. [Photo/Xinhua]

Children enjoy the show. [Photo/Xinhua]

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