visitor to Thailand has the rare opportunity to witness exquisite
and unique forms of artistic expression. Traditional Thai
art can be seen in museums and temples, palaces and theaters,
or in the living culture and day-to-day activities of the
Thai people themselves.
In Thailand, scholars and laymen alike, consider architecture
to be one, if not the most important of all the arts. Thai architecture
is a blend of different influences, styles and methods. Down
the ages, these have been adapted and improved upon by various
cultures and kingdoms, and as a result, Thai architectural style
is both unique and very memorable.
Simply stated yet often refined, Thailand's dramatic arts are
a clear expression of the daily cycle of birth, death and the
day-to-day life of people who live by the land and the sea.
Exotic by Western standards, Thai music combines the excitement
of a boxing match with the serenity of romantic drama. With
a surprising depth and subtlety of feeling, Thai music is worth
the effort it takes to fully appreciate.
Elegant in color, intricate in
design, from the fabulous attire of the royal court, to the
simple garb of the farmer, Thai costumes mirror the countenance
of the Thai people
practical, household utensils expertly woven from bamboo to
exquisite gold ceremonial objects and refined bronzes, Thai
artisans have impressed their unique style on all manner of
crafts. Sensational, shimmering Thai silk is only the best known.
is perhaps more representative of Thai culture and belief than
any other art form. Capturing the talents and inspiration of
unknown artists over a period of two millennia, sculpture is
often all that remains of the region's earliest civilizations.
With their delicate rich colors and lively details, mural paintings
are a feast for the eyes. They are also an enlightening form
of education for all people interested in Buddhism and the Thai
way of life.