Bangkok Dining at the Joe Louis Puppet Theater

Top Bangkok Dining experience at the Joe Louis The Art of Thai Cuisine and Thai Puppet Theater

Author: Pen Drageon. 

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While Bangkok, fondly known as the “Big Mango” offers an eclectic selection of dining venues and experiences, few or any can truly rival the unique and original concept of the renown Joe Louis Puppet Theater and Restaurant which is located at Asiatique the Riverfront. This restaurant not only offers an authentic array of traditional Thai cuisine for the taste buds but also a unique display for one of the treasured lost art of puppetry in Thailand.

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Conveniently located at the front entrance of Asiatique the Riverfront, it is hard to miss with its contemporary design style and a blend between a casual and fine dining ambiance. There are various puppets on display at the counter to give a hint of what is to come as part of your dining experience. The upper level of the restaurant is making way for a new puppet theater for those who only want to watch the show but at the moment any full length performance is only available by special invitation at private performances.

The Joe Louis Puppet Theater and Restaurant started out as atraditional Thai puppet outfit that was passed from several generations back. It is now considered one of the national treasures of Thailand and under the patronage of HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand to revive this ancient traditional art form. This puppet troupe has won numerous international awards and accolades forbest puppetry performances and is recognized as a master craft in Thailand. Major performances are only available for private functions but you can get a glimpse of these puppets during a dinner performance at their restaurant. Each puppet requires at least 3 performers to manipulate the intricate movements of the puppet.

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The restaurant serves a good selection of traditional Thai cuisinebased on olden recipes with the freshest ingredients. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the ingredients and cooking. Recommended dishes are the mixed Thai appetizers which comes in 4 sampling varieties per order and consists of the traditional Thai spring roll, a light pastry basket with meat fillings and a special chili sauce, deep fried minced shrimp on a slice of toast and Thai spicy fish cakes. Other signature dishes from the menu are spicy wing bean salad, and off course their varieties of authentic old-style curries which puts a zing to your taste buds with all the aromatic spices and herbs used in the cooking.

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CR: Joelouis cuisine Bangkok Dining
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CR: Joelouis Cuisine Bangkok Dining

The puppet performance at Joe Louis restaurant starts around 7.00 pm on Fridays to Sundays only. You will be entertained to a short introduction of the puppetry arts and a performance by the lovable character of Hanuman the monkey god in tales of the Ramayanatogether with another character, the Princess Sita. This is the only time you will be able to watch just such a marvelous display ofancient Thai puppetry and be able to interact with the puppets as they seemingly come to live at the hands of the skilled puppeteers. Joe Louis the Art of Thai Cuisine and Thai Puppet Theater is one of the top 10 things to do in Bangkok whenever you visit the Big Mango.

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Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Mysterious goings on – nobody dares move the shrine in the middle of the road!
Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani. UDON THANI: — Visitors to a small village in Udon Thani in the north east of Thailand could be forgiven for thinking that the locals are a little potty when they see a shrine in the middle of the road. But those who have dissed the shrine have met with quick and violent death.

While those that respect its awesome power have enjoyed nothing but success and prosperity, reported Sanook.

The shrine is in the village of Ban Nong Kungsri in Nong Kungsri district. It has all the usual trappings of a village shrine – models of elephants, horses, dolls and suchlike adorn its base. There are offerings aplenty of rice and drinks to satisfy the spirits.

But it just happens to be in the middle of the intersection at the heart of the village making it unusual.

Poo Yai Ban (village headman) Thongsa Chartphaengta, 45, is well aware of the history of his village and the background to why the shrine is there. He said that the village came into existence in 1932 and at present there were 215 houses and 856 people living there, mostly farmers.

The shrine used to be in a different location years ago but following the death of many people in a cholera outbreak it was moved to its present location that was just a dirt track at the time.

Some years later the local authority wanted to pave the road so a meeting with all in the village was convened to decide what to do about the shrine. There was a heated debate with some wanting to move it and some thinking it should be left where it was.

At the meeting one man spoke disrespectfully about the shrine and even shocked villagers by pointing in its direction with his foot – a complete no-no in Thai culture. After the meeting broke up the man walked home and within minutes he was dead. Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

He was flattened by a ten wheel truck.

Later some road workers were in the area. One of the men thought having a shrine in the road was a stupid idea and was heard to use rude words when referring to it. In no time whatsoever the man involved had his head flattened by a passing plough dying on the spot.

Since these incidents no one has even dared mention moving the shrine.

In fact the complete opposite has occurred, said Thongsa. It has now been there for several generations. It was a wooden structure but after that rotted a cement one was placed in the same location.

Villagers who pray to the shrine get success and happiness. Students pass their exams, there is prosperity and everyone lives in peace and harmony in the village, he said.

And no one wants to jeopardize that by moving the shrine that will stay in the middle of the road. Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Source: Sanook

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