“Hin Le Le” Folk Songs in Phitsanulok Province: Identity and Existence in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Sasinut Phongnil Music Department, Faculty of Humanities, Naresuan University, Thailand




Folk Song; Musical Identity; Hin Le Le Song; Thailand; Phitsanulok Province; Wat Bot District; COVID-19


The objectives of this qualitative research were to investigate (1) the identity of folk songs in Phitsanulok province, Thailand (2) the forms, methods and existence of folk songs during the COVID-19 pandemic, using musicological methodology. The examination of the background, musical characteristics, components and forms at present revealed that the identity of Hin Le Le folk songs is “the songs that reflect the way of life of the locals in Phitsanulok province, keep up with ongoing events for all age groups and are created by the elderly in the community.” The examination of the forms and existence methods of folk songs in Phitsanulok during the COVID-19 pandemic revealed that fewer musical events were held during the pandemic than in normal circumstances. However, Hin Le Le folk songs, which were composed specifically to portray the COVID-19 situation and promote preventive measures, continued to be performed with support from the Cultural Office. This research sheds light on the cultural significance of Hin Le Le folk songs in Phitsanulok province and their resiliency. It highlights the importance of preserving and promoting cultural heritage, particularly during times of crisis.




How to Cite

Phongnil, Sasinut. 2023. “‘Hin Le Le’ Folk Songs in Phitsanulok Province: Identity and Existence in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic”. Journal of Urban Culture Research 26 (June):140-55. https://doi.org/10.14456/jucr.2023.8.