Second ASEAN Pop Culture event adorns Trat buildings with colourful street art

Bangkok, 17 May 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce the success of the second ‘ASEAN Pop Culture’ activity, which took place in April in Trat province in the Laem Ngop Lighthouse area.

Called ‘Experiencing Pop Culture’, the event was organised by the TAT’s ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific Market Division, the TAT Office in Trat and Laem Ngop Municipal Office. It followed the first ‘ASEAN Pop Culture’ event held in Sukhothai’s Sawankhalok district in March; TAT launches new ‘ASEAN Pop Culture’ project with new street art in Sukhothai[1].

At the ‘Experiencing Pop Culture’ event in Trat, spectacular street art was created on walls of old buildings at two locations in the Laem Ngop Lighthouse area.

Indonesian artist Andrew Suryono adorned the wall with street photography under the theme of ‘dancing together’.

Trat’s homegrown rapper band Run Trat and local school band Trat Buri, . They also created music that combined the sounds of nature with traditional Thai and modern music instruments.

During their time in Trat, all artists created their works in the format of workshops with the local community to rope in participation and interest from the locals, as well as to instil them to be a ‘good host’.

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The project involves events in cities in Thailand, , who can use their popularity and social media networks to stimulate art and cultural activities in the focus areas.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “The ASEAN Pop Culture project promotes ASEAN tourism as well as secondary destinations and community tourism in Thailand. This is helping to direct tourism revenue to the communities involved, while also presenting these destinations to tourists in new ways like arts and crafts, music and local culture.”

Three more ‘ASEAN Pop Culture’ events are also planned for Chiang Rai in Thailand, , June and July, this year.

Second ASEAN Pop Culture event adorns Trat buildings with colourful street art
Street photography by Indonesian artist Andrew Suryono

Second ASEAN Pop Culture event adorns Trat buildings with colourful street art
Colourful street art by Thai artist Jirayu Koo

Second ASEAN Pop Culture event adorns Trat buildings with colourful street art
Street art by Trat’s homegrown rapper band Run Trat

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