Thailand, Please Bring Back the Bare Breasted Ladies of Songkran

Thailand, Please Bring back the Bare Breasted Ladies of Songkran

Thailand’s bare breasted women…

I like boobs. And as I have a comfy pair of my own, I’m fairly confident in saying that. But this weekend Thailand went all aflutter when, like Songkrans of yore, three Thai ladies bared their breasts during the festivities on Silom Road.

Within a short time a video was uploaded to YouTube and that’s when it all went a twitter.

Nation: Topless teenage dancers get dressing down for ‘distorting Songkran values’

Bangrak District Office director Surakiat Limcharern yesterday lodged a complaint with police over topless female Songkran revellers whose sexy dancing near Silom Road was recorded and posted on the Internet.

National Police Commissioner General Wichien Pojphosri vowed action against both the topless revellers and their cheering crowds. Culture Minister Nipit Intarasombat, meanwhile, wanted action taken against those lending loudspeakers and stereo systems for the topless dancing.

Video clips showing the topless Songkran revellers were posted on the Internet on Saturday, provoking a public outcry.

There was a public outcry. For sure. The twitter crowd immediately posted a link to the Thai Ministry of Culture’s website complete with, you got it BOOBS! Lovely boobs (the bare breasts shown in the banner above are still visible via flash animation).

Asap, the Thai Ministry of Culture replaced the bare breasted ladies with a more sedate banner (below). I’m told that it still has boobs, just not as in-your-face.

Thailand, Please Bring back the Bare Breasted Ladies of Songkran

And at that, the twitter crowd went totally bonkers. Facebook got into the hilarity of it too.

Now, I’m not going to comment on the right or wrong of the bare breasted lasses on Silom. For one, I don’t know the details of the present nudity laws in Thailand (I recently saw a guy nearby Paragon totally pantless and no one made a move). And two, while I was a bit of a wild child myself back in the day, this is Thailand, not the west. So, same same but different? Not?

But looking back in Thailand’s recent history, before Christian ways came into it, both men and women in Thailand went topless.

Wikipedia: Toplessness Thai Cultural Mandates issued in 1939 and Western writing prove Thai women would go clothed fully or topless in public before the westernization of dress.

In the late 19th century the influence of missionaries and modernization under King Chulalongkorn encouraged local women to wear blouses to cover their breasts.

Until the early 20th century, women from northern Thailand wore a long tube-skirt (Pha-Sin), tied high above their waist and below their breasts, which were uncovered.

And even today, the walls of Thai wats are graced with many topless Thai women, all dancing away. Beautiful Thai women, just like those shown on the banner from the Thai Ministry of Culture’s website.

Now, it might not be the modern Thailand of today, but at one point it was an actual part of being Thai. It was a reality.

Anyway, I just wanted to have my very brief say about keeping Thai culture real. And to please ask Thailand to put the bare breasted ladies of Songkran back on the Thai Ministry of Culture’s website where they belong. That’s all.

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20 Responses to “ Thailand, Please Bring Back the Bare Breasted Ladies of Songkran ”

  1. Can’t disagree with any of that Cat, especially the first three words :-)
    Peter_M recently posted…Bare breasted brouhaha in BangkokMy Profile

  2. Welcome to the dark side, Cat. :)

    I think the Thai authorities really went overboard over bare breasts. As so many pointed out and you have shared the picture of…they themselves condoned bare breasted women for Songkran if only in art form.

    Now, you need to post the video…I believe it can still be found on Facebook :P
    Talen recently posted…Asia International Guitar Festival 2011My Profile

  3. I was biding my time Talen, biding my time :-) The subject had to have appeal to the gal in me and this artwork does. I believe I’ve seen that artist before. I stopped by his gallery a few months ago so when I have the time I’ll drag his name out.

    Don’t those that share the video get many years in a Thai jail? As much as I like seeing different sides of Thailand, I’ll pass (I can’t find it anyway – hint hint)
    Catherine recently posted…Thailand- Please Bring Back the Bare Breasted Ladies of SongkranMy Profile

  4. Peter, I knew someone would agree with me :-)

    And apologies, but your comment got stuck (reason it took so long for it to appear here).

  5. More information is coming out on the Songkran dancers on Silom. Seems they were underage?

  6. Ok, now they’ve lost it…

    Bangkok Post: “Sometimes, art and obscenity overlaps,” Mr Nipit said. But he said if people considered this painting to be indecent, he was worried that other artistic pictures and statues of topless women could no longer be displayed in public.

    “Or maybe we have to buy bras to cover up the Nang Ngueak and Peesua Samut sculptures to prevent obscenity,” he said, referring to a topless mermaid and female sea giant from the Phra Apai-manee legendary tale.

  7. And finally, the twitter hashtag: Songkranboobs

  8. Pichai Chuensuksawadi makes some very valid points about this whole debacle in his Bangkok post article. It’s hard to believe that this incident has attracted soooo much attention, while so many other ‘issues’ remain seemingly unnoticed.

    BTW I like boobs too!
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  9. The New York Times even picked up on it: Thais Are Shocked, Shocked by Topless Dancers
    Catherine recently posted…Interview- Snap is Getting by in ThaiMy Profile

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