Khon, the Khon Masked Dance-Drama in Thailand, is a performing art combining graceful dance movements, instrumental and vocal renditions and glittering costumes. Khon performances, which have a strong didactic function, depict the life and glory of Rama, the hero and incarnation of the god Vishnu, who brings order and justice to the world. While traditionally Khon was transmitted in the the royal or princely courts and in dance masters’ households, nowadays transmission occurs mostly in educational institutions, while still adhering largely to traditional methods.
UNESCO has listed Thai khon as intangible cultural heritage of humanity.Thailand started applying for listings of intangible cultural heritage after the country ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage on June 10, 2016.
Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat said the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage agreed to officially list Thailand’s khon masked dance drama as intangible cultural heritage on November 29, 2018.
source: UNESCO Bangkok Office