Muay Thai has new home in Bangkok
August 19, 2014
Published on Aug 19, 2014
Muay Thai bouts in Bangkok will be staged at the newly built Ram Intra Stadium
Thailand's national sport, Muay Thai, has a new spiritual home in Bangkok following the opening of a new, modern stadium.
The old Lumpinee Boxing Stadium on Rama IV Road hosted its first official fight on March 15, 1956 and the last fighters traded blows there on February 7, 2014.
The new stadium at Ram Intra has seating for 5,000 spectators and space for cultural exhibitions. In addition, there is a Muay Thai Training School, and outlets selling souvenirs and equipment. Spectators will be able to enjoy the fights even more, as there are better viewing angles and high-tech screens that help them follow the action.
Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said: "Lumpinee Boxing Stadium is an essential part of the history of Muay Thai in the kingdom and has helped promote the sport internationally."
"Now, Muay Thai's new home on Ram Intra Road will continue this tradition. Thanks to the modern design and enhanced facilities, spectators will be able to enjoy this ancient sport in even greater comfort.
"We expect the new stadium to attract crowds in huge numbers to see the amazing combat skills of local and international Muay Thai fighters."