Monkey Theatre Show in Bangkok, Thailand

While these pictures will seem to shocking to most Western people, many Thais see nothing wrong with dressing monkeys up and making them perform. Monkey theatre has long been performed in Thailand at local fairs or held at temples during religious ceremonies.

  • The monkey theatre company has been performing in Thailand for over 30 years. The director of the troupe, Panya Ganrobroo, inherited the position from his uncle.The monkey theatre company has been performing in Thailand for over 30 years. The director of the troupe, Panya Ganrobroo, inherited the position from his uncle.
  • A female monkey lip-synchs to a song at a monkey show in Bangkok, Thailand.A female monkey lip-synchs to a song at a monkey show in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • A monkey performs during a show by the monkey drama troupe 'Prakit Sitpragaan'.A monkey performs during a show by the monkey drama troupe 'Prakit Sitpragaan'.
  • Monkeys rest backstage after a show.Monkeys rest backstage after a show.
  • A monkey collects money from Thai children at the end of a show.A monkey collects money from Thai children at the end of a show.
  • Monkey theatre is just one of the animal acts that can be seen in Thailand which have outraged animal activists. Other acts include boxing orangutans, basketball-playing elephants, and a temple which allows tourists to touch tigers.Monkey theatre is just one of the animal acts that can be seen in Thailand which have outraged animal activists. Other acts include boxing orangutans, basketball-playing elephants, and a temple which allows tourists to touch tigers.
  • During the 30-minute show, monkeys perform feats such as calculating numbers or jumping through hoops made of knives.During the 30-minute show, monkeys perform feats such as calculating numbers or jumping through hoops made of knives.
  • In an attempt to make the show more accessible to younger audience and tourists, Panya Ganrobroo also includes more contemporary plots in the company's repertoire.In an attempt to make the show more accessible to younger audience and tourists, Panya Ganrobroo also includes more contemporary plots in the company's repertoire.
  • Using ventriloquism, Prakit Sitpragaan traditionally performs stories adapted from Asian classical novels and folklore.Using ventriloquism, Prakit Sitpragaan traditionally performs stories adapted from Asian classical novels and folklore.
  • Wachara Gunrobroo (32) of the monkey drama troupe 'Prakit Sitpragaan' performs with his monkeys during a show in Bangkok. Wachara Gunrobroo (32) of the monkey drama troupe 'Prakit Sitpragaan' performs with his monkeys during a show in Bangkok.

While these pictures will seem to shocking to most Western people, many Thais see nothing wrong with dressing monkeys up and making them perform. Monkey theatre has long been performed in Thailand at local fairs or held at temples during religious ceremonies.

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