Thai Drama Stamps

(left) Pra Rama and Princess Srida (right) Thotsakan

Date of Issue: 3rd August 2005
Designs: Illustrates Thai version of the drama Ramayana

(left) Hanuman (right) Pra Rama’s battle with Thotsakan

The mask play or khon drama is one of the oldest forms of Thai dramatics. Many of the khon dramas originated in the Ayutthaya Era. The play and costume designs are influenced by the traditional play “Chuck Nark”. The fighting style is inspired by Thai sword play and traditional musical plays. Most of the actors wear masks unless their roles are angels, humans, queens, princesses, or giants. The two most-played khon dramas are the Ramakien and Unarrud. The above stamps illustrate characters from the Ramakien.

I have seen extracts from the Ramakien and other masked drama plays at various locations. For example, at my school and at funerals (see picture above). The people attending this cremation actually encoraged me to take pictures and enjoy a front row seat. Plays and other performances are not unusual at funerals. More about this another day.

11 responses to “Thai Drama Stamps

  1. OMG!

    I was just tooling around checking out the new changes for Thai-Blogs when I noticed you have your own website so I’m checking that out and finally I get to see what you look like…OMG! You look so young! You ARE so young!

    For some reason I figured you’d be older. Oy, I feel so old now 😉


  2. Oh. Cool website btw. I have a special blog planned for you so stay tuned 😉


  3. Actually Wit, those pictures were taken during my backpacking days just before I arrived in Thailand – a little over ten years ago.

  4. I was going to say the same thing. Holy crap, Richard! You’ve found the fountain of youth and you didn’t tell US????

    Yes. Nice re-tooling of the site. Hope my visiting a few times a day at work won’t skew your site stats too much. 😉

  5. Haha well then we’re even since the pics I have posted on here of myself are about the same age, ten years old, where does all the time go?

    I do admit I always though you didn’t show yourself on Thai-Blogs on purpose to be mysterious or something, so now we know 🙂

    I need to have new pics made. I am this close to getting a good camera, mainly for my Thai-blogging, once that happens nothing will be safe lol.


  6. Please tell me Richard’s website address!!!

  7. These stamps are very very beautiful… So a plain letter will go locally with a 3 Baht stamp. Or is it 6 or 15 Baht?

  8. Trangam –

    If you look at the very top of the webpage under ‘’ you see all the tabs there.

    Click on ‘blogger’ it’s a mini-list and bio of all of us that blog. Each bio includes contact e-mail and anyones webpage. Richards page is listed there but its real easy to remember.

    It’s a cool site. Sorry if I let the cat out of the bag Richard!


  9. Thanks Wit!

    Cool memories Richard got, moving around the world! Richard – Do you always travel alone?

  10. No, in all of those photos I was always travelling with someone else. Who do you think took the photo on top of the mountain?

  11. LOL! I thought it must be the Llamas!