Khon (Masked Dance): Management to Promote Tourism in the Central Region of Thailand

By Vantanee Moungboon, Kla Somtrakool and Ying Keeratiburana.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies

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This research studies the problems of the management of Khon (masked dance) and the ways to develop Khonchak (Khon Scene) management through Fine Arts Departments to support tourist industries in the central region of Thailand by studying from historical documents, interviews, observation, focus group discussions, and workshops. The results showed that Khon (masked dance) was a royal court theatre production in the Ayutthaya Era which was unique and very complex. In the past, Khon was played as a royal performance because it was used for the king's audience only. The king later allowed Khon to be performed for general occasions. These plays can be divided into three kinds. The problem with performance management in the Fine Arts Department is that it supports business travel in the central region of Thailand. Problems with the performances included all aspects of the production: actors, music, costumes, figures and movements, techniques of scenes, light, sound, and public promotion. Development is necessary in all dimensions, both how to play and to manage the performances. The government should increase the number of specialists (actors, musicians, announcers, and practitioners) in masked dance. The pool of materials also needs to be expanded for consistent performances. Information in performance programs must be presented in two languages; Thai and a foreign language. Public information concerned with cooperation among organizations needs to be improved in order to decrease the procedures and make the progress move faster. Budget and support by the government and people must also be enhanced. Furthermore, advertising must focus on different social groups, such as Thai people and foreigners of different genders, ages, and levels of education. All of these developments should make the performance more impressive.

Keywords: Central Thailand, Development, Khon, Management, Tourism

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies, Volume 11, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.27-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: September 9, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 716.928KB)).

Vantanee Moungboon

Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Cultural Science, Mahasarakham University, Mahasarakham, Thailand

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Faculty of Cultural Science at Mahasarakham University.

Kla Somtrakool

Lecturer, Faculty of Cultural Science, Mahasarakham University, Mahasarakham, Thailand

Kla Somtrakool is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Cultural Science at Mahasarakham University.

Dr. Ying Keeratiburana

Lecturer, Faculty of Cultural Science, Mahasarakham University, Mahasarakham, Thailand

I am a Lecturer in the Faculty of Cultural Science at Mahasarakham University.