The Ramakien, or the Ramayana, is a classic Thai epic story. This ancient tale, first told in India, dates back to the 4th century BCE.

Ramayana tells a tale of courage and magic with the help of memorable characters such as the hero, Phra Rama and his wife, Nang Sida. Rama’s life story is told through a series of chapters; from his birth to his epic battle with the demon king, Ravana. For his bravery, Rama is considered a supernatural being in Hindu culture.

Popular in Hindu culture for centuries, the Ramakien story began being told by the Thai during the 13th century. While the story line remained the same, some of the details changed slightly such as geographic locations and even costuming to reflect the Thai culture.