Rest in peace at Sunday’s free outdoor concert in a Bangkok graveyard

Photo: Siwaporn Wongchaiyakul / Coconuts Bangkok
Photo: Siwaporn Wongchaiyakul / Coconuts Bangkok

Bangkok has resurrected an outdoor music concert series, and this weekend it heads to one of the city’s least-lively locations.

Hear a percussion ensemble, symphony ensemble and more perform in a century-old graveyard for the Chinese diaspora located near the central business district just off lower Sathorn Road.

“There will be thousands and tens of thousands of people lying underground who will be listening to us,” said Chadchart Sittipunt, Bangkok’s newly elected governor and apparent goth. “We’ll regard them as our elders and enjoy the event in a respectful way toward them.”

Admission is free. The event starts at 4pm at the Teochew Association’s Wat Don Cemetery, which is located in Soi Charoen Rat 3 in Bangkok’s Sathorn District.

Mingle with Chinese ghosts at Teochew Chinese Cemetery

On the same day, from 5pm onward, Music in the Garden will also stage performances at three other venues: Museum Siam as well as Benjakitti and Benchasiri parks.

Music in the Garden dates back over 30 years and has resurfaced in post-COVID Bangkok to bring life and culture back to the city. 

The free performances will continue every weekend this year at different public venues. Already this month, some of the first events were held at Suan Rod Fai, Lumphini Park, and the Santi Chaiprakarn Park.

Photo: Bangkok Metropolitan Administration

Considered one of the capital’s spookiest destinations, tales abound of ghosts and spirits manifesting at the cemetery, where visitors jog, play sports and picnic comfortably around its tombstones and mausoleums. 

Definitely considered haunted by many, taxi drivers have been known to refuse fares to the area. 

Founded in 1900 by the Teochew Association of Thailand, this is the final resting place for thousands of Chinese immigrants. Part of the graveyard was turned into a public park in 1996. 

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Mingle with Chinese ghosts at Teochew Chinese Cemetery

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