Recognizing the importance of arts and culture as the foundation of the nation, Bangkok Bank has continuously supported activities aimed at promoting Thai arts and culture which reflects the unique Thai identity. The bank’s support of Thai arts and culture focuses on Thai musical and dramatic arts, literature, and painting. Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center
Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center was founded in 1979 to sustainably support and promote Thai traditional musical and dramatic arts, as well as performing folk arts. The bank has earned respect as a true supporter of the arts and maintains healthy, long-standing relationships with artists, as well as mentors and students of Thai musical and dramatic arts. These activities are initiated and maintained by Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center.
Thai Traditional Music Competition
In support of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s initiative, Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center, in collaboration with the Department of Children and Youth, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has organized the Thai traditional music competition “Pralong Pleng Plaleng Mahori” since 1986. It aims to encourage high-school students to learn, practice and develop their skills in performing Mahori, a type of Thai traditional music that continues the classical traditions passed on from earlier generations of musicians. The competition has seen a continuous increase in the number of participating schools, with 50 schools nationwide sending their bands to compete in 2016. As part of the prize, each award-winning band is also offered an opportunity to showcase their talents to parents and people in local communities on a stage organized by the bank.
Thai Performing Art Show
“Sangkeet Saranrom” is an event which Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center organizes for artists of Thai musical and dramatic arts, as well as folk art, to express their talent and creativity and to provide an opportunity for enthusiasts to enjoy these kinds of shows, which are becoming increasingly rare. The show is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 4:00-6:00 pm at Kukrit Institute located on Sathon Soi 1, Bangkok. For more information, or to book seats, call 0-2230-2062 and 0-2626-3352. Admission is free.
Annual Ritual for Paying Respect to Performance Art Teachers
To support the sustainability of Thai musical and dramatic arts, Bangkok Bank organizes the annual ritual for paying respect to mentors and teachers at its Head Office. The purpose of the ritual is for artists to express gratitude to their teachers and mentors for providing them with invaluable knowledge and skills, and to boost their morale and confidence in expressing their talents to audiences and in mentoring younger artists. As in previous years many people participated in the 2016 event.
Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center Library
Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center has a library with over 15,000 books of arts and culture, mainly related to Thai musical and dramatic art and performing folk arts. The library also maintains electronic media with more than 1,300 recordings of various genres of Thai performing arts and relevant seminars that the bank has held continuously from 1979 until today. The materials are available for the public to research free of charge. Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center is located in the same building as Bangkok Bank’s Tanao Road branch in Bangkok. It is open from Monday to Friday, 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. and can be contacted by calling 0-2224-8140-1.
“Kawee Pakka Thong” (Golden Pen Poet) Project
Bangkok Bank organized the “Kawee Pakka Thong” (Golden Pen Poet) project for the second year to encourage university students from all five regions of the country to learn and practice writing different types of Thai poems. A poetry-writing workshop was held in each region. Famous poets led by Mr. Naowarat Phongphaiboon, a national artist in literature and advisor to Bangkok Bank’s Musical Art Center, shared their knowledge and experience with students. So far over 2,000 students have participated in the workshops.
SEA Write Award
Bangkok Bank continued to support the development and international recognition of Thai literature as a sponsor of the SEA Write Awards for writers in Southeast Asia, which the bank has supported for more than 30 years. The “Meet the SEA Write Awardees” annual seminar has been held each year for the last five years. The bank invites SEA Write laureates from the 10 ASEAN countries to join the event and share their thoughts and tips for success with young students and others interested in writing.
Chommanard Book Prize
Bangkok Bank has been the major sponsor of the “Chommanard Book Prize”, a non-fiction literature award for female authors, organized by Praphansarn Publishing Co., Ltd. The project supports the translation of the winning titles into English in a bid to expand readership internationally. The bank also supports a project to nurture young authors at high school and university levels by inviting them to write reviews of selected books and submit their works for competition. Of the total 450 entries in 2016, which was the second year, the 40 best young writers were selected to participate in an intensive writing workshop where they were coached by national literature laureates. After the workshop, the participants are given opportunities to write book reviews for publication on the organizer’s website.
“Laksana Thai” (Thai Culture) Television Program
To help preserve Thailand’s cultural heritage and share it with younger generations, Bangkok Bank produces a short documentary program “Laksana Thai” (Thai culture) which is broadcast on the Thai Rath TV channel. The aim is to provide knowledge about different types of Thai culture and local wisdom as explained in the original four-book set of the same name.
Bangkok Bank School Buildings in Rural Areas
Bangkok Bank initiated a project for donating school buildings in rural areas in 1975 and has since donated 29 buildings in 28 provinces. The latest building was handed over to Chumchon Ban Nonsomboon School in the northeastern province of Bueng Kan on February 17, 2017. Over 10,000 students benefit from the project each year.
Bangkok Bank Scholarships
For over 50 years Bangkok Bank has provided scholarships for students with good academic records in need of financial support so that they can continue their studies at various universities nationwide. Studies undertaken include master’s degrees in economics at Thammasat University, medical doctor degrees at Mahasarakham University, and science degrees at Mahidol University. Master’s degree scholarships are also available for staff and members of the public wanting to further their graduate studies in Thailand and overseas.
Student Internship Program
Bangkok Bank helps young Thais develop skills for future careers by providing extra training that goes beyond regular subjects at school. The “Student Internship Program (SIP)” is a special training course developed by the bank to provide knowledge about economics and business to university students. The program has been held continuously for 34 years, benefiting over 6,000 students. In 2016, 298 students participated in the 67th class with Bangkok Bank executives and staff providing the coaching.
Junior Achievement Company Program
The “Junior Achievement Company Program (JA Company Program)” is a training course that provides business skills to high-school students. The project has been successfully undertaken in other countries and Bangkok Bank jointly works with Junior Achievement Thailand, a branch of a US-based non-profit organization, to develop training materials in the Thai language. The bank teaches the course at participating schools where students gain practical knowledge and experience about how to do business. Students also have an opportunity to sell their products at a trade fair held at a Bangkok shopping center. Over the past three years, the JA program has attracted over 1,500 students from 52 schools. Bank executives and staff are encouraged to volunteer to teach in this program.
Bualuang for KidBright
In line with the government’s Digital Thailand policy to leverage digital technology for the development of the country, Bangkok Bank supports the National Science and Technology Development Agency and the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center in the “Bualuang for KidBright” project. The project produces the “KidBright Board”, an electronic circuit kit which can display visual and audio output in response to programming instructions sent from Android smart phones. Some 500 sets of KidBright Boards were produced and distributed to schools in Bangkok and surrounding areas that participated in the project. Students learn to write programming instructions and develop practical applications using the visual and audio output. The project helps young people prepare for their further education in computer science.
Bangkok Bank continues to uphold two major pillars of society, religion and the monarchy, through the following activities:
In 2016, Bangkok Bank obtained royal approval from His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to take the Royal Kathin — comprising monks’ robes, donations and other offerings — to Phranon Chaksi Worawiharn temple in the central province of Sing Buri. About 1,000 people, including the people of Sing Buri and executives and staff of the bank, participated in the ceremony. A total of Baht 7,408,587 was collected for donations to the temple for restoration work and religious studies for monks and novices. Taking the Royal Kathin to temples under royal patronage is a prestigious mission which Bangkok Bank has carried out for 50 consecutive years. 2016 was the last year in which the Royal Kathin was taken on behalf of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
2016 was a special religious year for Bangkok Bank as it took the Royal Kathin to temples on two occasions in the same year. The second Royal Kathin was presented to Wat That Luang Neua in Vientiane, Laos. Up to Kip 940,236,599, or Baht 4,087,985, was donated by more than 1,000 Buddhists who joined the ceremony from both countries, reflecting the strong relationship between Thailand and Laos. Bangkok Bank has had a branch in Vientiane for 23 years while a second branch, in the southern city of Pakse, opened in early 2016.
Supporting Buddhist Monks
Bangkok Bank continued its project aimed at supporting Buddhist monks graduating in the Buddhist Theology examination at the highest level in the ninth grade. A total of 1,501 monks and novices have participated in the ceremonies over the past 43 years. Training in basic financial and account management is also provided to these monks because over 90 percent of them are given the responsibility of financial management at the temples. 2016 was the third year of holding the training courses with 20 monks joining.
Ordination of novices in tribute to Their Majesties
Bangkok Bank, in collaboration with Phraram 9 Kanchanapisek temple, organized the ordination of 90 novices in tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej for the 70th anniversary of his accession to the throne on June 9, 2016, and in tribute to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit for her 84th birthday anniversary on August 12, 2016. The novices were ordained for 20 days from March 28 to April 16, 2016.
Ceremony to express gratitude to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej
The nation mourned His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Bangkok Bank joined the nation in taking an oath of loyalty to the King at the Ruam Palang Haeng Khwam Pakdi (united to show allegiance to the King) event, held at Head Office on Silom Road, Rama 3 Building and 1,000 branches nationwide on November 22, 2016. The event was held to express gratitude to the late King for his kindness and dedication to the happiness of the Thai people and advancement of Thailand in all aspects throughout the 70 years of his reign.
Making Merit in tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Bangkok Bank held a merit-making and food-offering ceremony for 100 Buddhist monks in front of Head Office on Silom Road, Bangkok, on Thursday, December 1, 2016 in tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and to mark the 50th day of his passing. The event, which also marked the 72nd anniversary of the Bank, was held not only at Head Office but also at branches, business centers, and other offices of the bank nationwide with many executives, staff, customers and members of the public joining. The bank also produced His Majesty’s portrait in large-sized high-quality print for distributing to customers and the public in commemoration of the late King.
Bangkok Bank and its group of companies obtained royal approval to host the funeral ceremony for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace on January 15, 2017.
The bank also offered a luncheon for 130 Buddhist monks at Phraram 9 Kanchanapisek temple on January 23, 2017 to mark the 100th day of the former monarch’s passing. On this occasion, Phra Dharmabundit, the temple’s abbot and panel member of the Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand, and Mr. Deja Tulananda, Chairman of the bank’s Executive Board, the head of the lay supporters, participated in the religious activity.