Go Full Mulan at Interactive Chinese Opera Exhibition

A ngiew actress from the Sai Yong Hong troupe puts on her stage makeup.

BANGKOK — Dress up as an operatic warrior or blushing court lady at an interactive museum exhibition on Chinese opera next week.

For “Night at the Musuem 7: Ngiew Glaa Gao,” Museum Siam is making the old ngiew again in with a full weekend of Chinese operatic edu-tainment.

Slather on grease paint and learn what the bright reds and whites mean, or don mirror-covered costumes and poke friends with stage weapons for your Instagram followers. Visitors can even try their hand at being a Chinese opera performer by testing their acrobatic skills in a bamboo obstacle course.

The Ballad of Mulan, an ancient Chinese folktale about a girl who takes her father’s place in the army, will be performed in Thai with a script specially written for the event at 9pm on all three days. Experts will give talks about the opera’s history and culture from 8:30pm to 9pm.


Themed Food and goods will be sold at the event. All exhibitions are in Thai and English.

The exhibition will run 4pm to 10pm, Dec. 15-17 at Museum Siam, located down Sanam Chai Road from the Grand Palace. Admission is free. Get there by Chao Phraya River Express boat via the Rajini Pier.

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Rehearsal photos of The Ballad of Mulan.

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